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Kansas City could break record as storm brings rare May snow

Updated: 2013-05-03T18:28:52Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON

The Kansas City Star

If snow falls in the area as expected Thursday, it could be record setting.

To say May snows are rare is an understatement. Snow has fallen just four times in Kansas City during May, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

The only measurable amount of snow was 1.7 inches on May 3, 1907. The latest a trace of snow has fallen was on May 11, 2005.

But all that could change as a strong storm system pulls unseasonably cold air into the area, bringing periods of rain possibly mixed with snow Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Today’s high in downtown Kansas City is expected to be near 40 degrees.

With temperatures hovering near or slightly above freezing, the amount of snow forecast to fall could change.

But for now, 1 to 3 inches of snow is possible late Thursday afternoon and evening near and west of Interstate 35.

In Kansas City, the rain isn’t expected to switch over to snow until after 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Overnight lows are expected to be around freezing.

Snow is possible across western and central Missouri early Friday morning before changing to rain later in the morning.

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

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