The first snow of the season began falling in downtown Kansas City about mid-morning Wednesday.
The tiny flakes began falling about 10:15 a.m. throughout the downtown loop.
The National Weather Service in Kansas City said via Twitter that traffic cameras around the metro area showed that the light snow was starting to stick on bridges.
Drivers were urged to slow down and avoid sharp braking if possible.
“This isn’t a showstopper by any means,” said Joey Welsh, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo. “But it’s the first snow of the season for this area, which could equate to some travel hazards for the afternoon and evening commute.”
By noon, .2 of an inch of snow had fallen at Kansas City International Airport and .1 of an inch of snow had fallen in Pleasant Hill.
The Kansas City area will likely see a half inch or less of snow from this quick hitting storm that is moving through the area. While that won’t be enough to force you to break out the shovels, it will be enough to turn roads dangerously slick.
Welsh recommended that people pack a small broom or brush with them as they head into work so that they are able clear the light snow off their vehicles later Wednesday.
“We got snow showers developing across much of the area,” Welsh said. The snow stretches from eastern Colorado, through much of Kansas, and into central Missouri.
Earlier Wednesday, Welsh said that a layer of dry air was preventing snow from reaching the surface. But as soon as the air became saturated, snow was expected to reach the surface.
“We are expecting to see some accumulations to begin by the late morning into the afternoon hours,” he said. “Not a whole lot is anticipated, generally anywhere between a dusting up to a half an inch.”
Heavier amounts will fall just south of the Kansas City area. Areas north of Kansas City will likely only see flurries.
Because the snow is expected to be a dry, fluffy one, brooms rather than shovels will likely be the tool of choice to remove it from driveways and sidewalks.
The snow is expected to start tapering off Wednesday evening, but frigid temperatures are expected to remain in place in the Kansas City area through Friday, with wind chills approaching zero degrees or just slightly below on Thursday and Friday mornings.
Temperatures at kick-off for Thursday night’s football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders will be near 20 degrees, however the wind will make it feel closer to 9 degrees or colder.
Temperatures are not likely to return to above freezing until Saturday, but then cool slightly on Sunday.