Tuesday, February 7

Kansas City winter storm timeline for ice, snow


The National Weather Service has officially issued a winter storm warning for the northwest portion of Missouri. The warning is in effect from midnight Wednesday to 6 pm Thursday. Preparations for heavy snowfall are underway as the Kansas City area braces for another winter storm with the potential to bring ice and several inches of snow. Current expectations are for accumulations up to six inches and ice accumulations of one-tenth of an inch. A winter storm watch was initially issued for the Kansas City metro on Wednesday night into Thursday. That’s when the greater KC area will see the first precipitation, but it won’t be snow. Our area will see rain first, and even a few thunderstorms Wednesday night.Weather radar | Sign up for email newsletters | Closing page | Sign up for weather alertsRain is possible as early as Wednesday afternoon, and our precipitation type will start shifting as the night grows colder.First Alert Meteorologist Katie Horner broke down the science behind the shifting precipitation.Horner said on Wednesday, our air is warm from cloud to ground, meaning rain and drizzle will come first, and even a few thunderstorms are possible along the Interstate 70 corridor and to areas just south. Warm air will remain at the surface, but as our temperature drops, cold air will wedge into the area starting at the cloud-level overnight. As that cold air transitions to the ground, our precipitation will shift from rain, then sleet, and then finally snow. Around three hours of moderate to heavy snow are expected for most of the area Thursday, with the worst time being between 6 am and 3 p.m. Thursday. First Alert Meteorologist Nick Bender said while it’s easy to focus on snowfall totals and amounts, the amount possible with this storm will greatly depend on when and where that cold air changes over first. In addition to the heavy snow there’s the possibility of sustained winds between 20 and 25 miles per hour with likes of 30 to 35 mph, creating “near-blizzard” conditions, and resulting in greatly reduced visibility and dangerous travel conditions.Current totals are shaping up for between four to eight inches for the core metro area, with less possible further north in areas like Maryville, and further south toward Warsaw. A potential glaze to up to a tenth of an inch of ice under Thursday’s snow will create hazardous road conditions. Anyone who can avoid travel Thursday is urged to do so.

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The National Weather Service has officially issued a winter storm warning for the northwest portion of Missouri. The warning is in effect from midnight Wednesday to 6 pm Thursday.

Preparations for heavy snowfall are underway as the Kansas City area braces for another winter storm with the potential to bring ice and several inches of snow. Current expectations are for accumulations up to six inches and ice accumulations of one-tenth of an inch.

A winter storm watch was initially issued for the Kansas City metro on Wednesday night into Thursday. That’s when the greater KC area will see the first precipitation, but it won’t be snow. Our area will see rain first, and even a few thunderstorms Wednesday night.

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Rain is possible as early as Wednesday afternoon, and our precipitation type will start shifting as the night grows colder.

First Alert Meteorologist Katie Horner broke down the science behind the shifting precipitation.

Horner said on Wednesday, our air is warm from cloud to ground, meaning rain and drizzle will come first, and even a few thunderstorms are possible along the Interstate 70 corridor and to areas just south.

Warm air will remain at the surface, but as our temperature drops, cold air will wedge into the area starting at the cloud-level overnight. As that cold air transitions to the ground, our precipitation will shift from rain, then sleet, and then finally snow.

Around three hours of moderate to heavy snow are expected for most of the area Thursday, with the worst time being between 6 am and 3 pm Thursday.

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First Alert Meteorologist Nick Bender said while it’s easy to focus on snowfall totals and amounts, the amount possible with this storm will greatly depend on when and where that cold air changes over first.

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In addition to the heavy snow there’s the possibility of sustained winds between 20 and 25 miles per hour with likes of 30 to 35 mph, creating “near-blizzard” conditions, and resulting in greatly reduced visibility and dangerous travel conditions.

Current totals are shaping up for between four to eight inches for the core metro area, with less possible further north in areas like Maryville, and further south toward Warsaw.

to potential glaze to up to a tenth of an inch of ice under Thursday’s snow will create hazardous road conditions. Anyone who can avoid travel Thursday is urged to do so.

This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

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