A strong cold front slammed the Kansas City area Thursday, bringing freezing rain, sleet and snow along with bitter cold.
Thursday’s weather was a dramatic change from Wednesday, when temperatures reached into the 50s, well above the normal of upper 30s for this time of year.
A cold front Wednesday night into Thursday morning ushered in much colder temperatures, very reminiscent of what the Kansas City area saw last week, said Linda Gilbert, a meteorologist with National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.
“Really, the biggest concern will be the commutes,” Gilbert said.
Part of the fear is that the morning rain will wash away the salt on treated roads.
Because of the forecast, The Star has postponed its town hall on Kansas government secrecy.
A winter weather advisory was in effect from through 3 p.m. Thursday for northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri, including the Kansas City area.
For the evening rush hour, any remaining wet untreated surfaces will likely ice over as temperatures continue to drop into the teens.
The roads aren’t the only areas that people need to be concerned. Untreated sidewalks, parking lots and driveways could also become ice covered.
The snow is expected to taper off around the evening rush hour.
Temperatures are expected to drop into the teens Thursday night. Wind chills will drop to about zero degrees by Friday morning.
The bitter cold temperatures are expected to linger into next week, with highs in the teens and 20s.
Because Thursday’s weather change could have a significant impact, the National Weather Service is urging people to pay attention to the latest forecast on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSKansasCity/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NWSKansasCity.
People should also check the latest road conditions before heading out.
“Take it slow and pay attention to whatever sort of road conditions that might be out there,” Gilbert said.