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KC area snow totals expected to reach up to 10 inches or maybe more

Updated: 2014-02-06T22:19:19Z

With snow coming down hard in the Kansas City area Tuesday afternoon, forecasters nudged expected snow totals slightly higher.

“The latest model data coming in are suggesting that snowfall totals might be a little higher than forecast,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Hawblitzel.

The entire Kansas City area should receive 8 to 10 inches of snow. Some areas may see more.

“That is definitely not out of the question,” Hawblitzel said. “Right now, the best chance for more than 10 inches of snow is across the north side of Kansas City.”

The storm is moving north and northeast and shifting over the northern and central parts of the metropolitan area. It should stay in that area for several more hours, Hawblitzel said.

Snow is falling about an inch an hour, and in some cases as much as 1 1/2 inches per hour, Hawblitzel said.

“It should stay about the same for a few more hours, then the snowfall rates will decrease a little by the evening,” Hawblitzel said.

The snow is coming ahead of dangerous sub-zero temperatures.

Shortly before noon Tuesday, the National Weather Service was reporting that more than 2 inches of snow had fallen in Pleasant Hill.

The forecast said that as much as 4 inches of snow should be on the ground by 2 p.m.

By 6 p.m., as much as 6 to 8 inches of snow is expected to have fallen. And by midnight, as much as 8 to 10 inches of snow.

No one will be spared in the metro area. The snow is expected to extend from southern Iowa to southwest Missouri.

The heavy snow mixed with accompanying winds figures to make travel difficult, if not treacherous.

Transportation officials were asking drivers to remember to drive with their lights on.

Gusts through the night and into the morning may reach 25 mph, Hawblitzel said, threatening blowing snow over any roads that have been cleared. It will also help drive down dangerous wind chills.

“The morning commute could also be very bad,” he said.

Wednesday’s high temperature is forecast to be in the single digits, and Thursday morning’s low may be 10 below zero, with wind chills of 20 to 25 below.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com and Joe Robertson, jrobertson@kcstar.com

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