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February 27, 2014

Two winter storms expected to sweep across Kansas City region

The first storm is expected to hit Friday and the good news is that it’s not as strong as earlier thought. A mix of sleet and snow, possibly starting as freezing rain, should hit after rush hour. But the second storm, expected Saturday night, could bring up to 3 inches of snow to the Kansas City area.

With the first day of spring approaching, the weather apparently wants to remind us that it’s still winter.

Two winter storms are expected to sweep across the Kansas City region over the next four days, bringing a mix of sleet, freezing rain and plowable snow, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

The good news is that the first storm, which is expected to arrive Friday after the morning rush hour, is not as strong as earlier thought, the National Weather Service said.

A patch of freezing rain could start things off, switching to a mix of sleet and snow. Accumulations are expected to be minor, with less than a half inch of snow and sleet in the Kansas City area, according to the National Weather Service.

Northern Missouri, however, could see an inch of snow and sleet, with the wintry mix arriving in the afternoon.

The second storm is expected to be much stronger and could bring a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow starting early Saturday evening and continuing through Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

There’s still uncertainty about how much snow we should expect and where it might fall. The National Weather Service said the current thinking is the highest threat for plowable snow — accumulations of more than 3 inches — is from east-central Kansas through the Kansas City area to northeast Missouri.

But the National Weather Service cautions that the forecast will likely change.

The National Weather Service urges people to continue to monitor the latest forecasts. The agency will publish new snow amounts once confidence increases in the forecasts.

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