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First days of Spring won’t feel very spring-like; snow's coming

Updated: 2013-03-19T17:12:07Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON

The Kansas City Star

Tomorrow is the First Day of Spring, but winter isn’t going out without a fight.

Below average temperatures and snow are forecasted for later this week with another possibly bigger storm headed our way this weekend.

There’s a slight chance of rain today as a weak disturbance is expected to move through the area, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill multimedia weather briefing on its Decision Support Page on its website.

Some of that rain could turn into snowflakes before 11 a.m. Today will be mostly cloudy with a high in the lower 40s across the metropolitan area.

Lows will drop in the middle 20s in the metropolitan area overnight and high’s Wednesday will remain below average, reaching only to the lower 40s.

The next chance for snow will be Thursday through Friday, especially south of the Missouri River.

Because rain may mix with snow, the National Weather Service said there is a considerable uncertainty how much snow could fall across the area.

Rain might mix with snow at times, which would reduce the amount of accumulating snow.

For now, the forecast indicates that there could be 1 inch or less of snow that falls in north of Kansas City, 1 to 3 inches in and south of Kansas City and 2 to 4 inches further south.

The amount of snow could be higher in the area if the storm moves north.

But if the forecast holds, that storm would only be a prelude to what could fall this weekend.

A bigger storm system is possible over the weekend that could bring 6 to 10 inches of snow to the metropolitan area Saturday through Sunday.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or email bcronkleton@kcstar.com. On Twitter at @cronkb.

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