Yes Kansas City, we are getting a little snow this week.
But not the 8 inches or more that you might have heard about on Facebook.
A weather graphic from an old forecast was making the rounds online over the weekend, raising concerns among some people that a major winter storm was bearing down on the Kansas City area.
The outdated information was circulating again Sunday as the area received some light snow with a few inches more forecast for Tuesday.
The old forecast causing confusion was from Feb. 3, 2014. It warned of a winter storm the next day that dumped a paralyzing blanket of 7 to 10 inches of snow across the city.
“We don’t ever delete graphics, even after an event has concluded,” said Jared Leighton, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.
“In this particular case, somebody has either commented or liked an image that is several years old.”
That caused the post to start appearing in people’s Facebook news feeds.
“If you’re not very careful and look at the date, you can probably suspect it is from this event coming up on Tuesday, which it is not,” Leighton said.
The Weather Service has since edited the post saying, “This image is from 2014 and DOES Not represent the forecast for Tuesday, February, 6, 2018.”
There is no major winter storm of that magnitude coming to Kansas City this week. Even if the forecast changes, the Weather Service is not expecting anywhere near that amount of snow.
The Kansas City area is expected to see a few inches of snow Tuesday.
That comes after a first round of snow moved through Sunday morning, leaving about two inches of snow in some parts of Kansas City and Johnson County.
The snow left roads slick even as some drivers traveled to Super Bowl parties. Numerous wrecks were reported on highways across the area. Officials in several local cities said crews were deployed to clear and treat roads.
“Any time it snows, we can get slick conditions,” Leighton said. “So always be cautious when you’re out driving, especially if it is actively snowing.”
The snow on Tuesday could start as early at 6 a.m., but most likely won’t fall here until mid-morning.
“We could be seeing at least a couple of inches across portions of the metro,” Leighton said. “I’d hate to promise a whole lot at this point, but at least the southern part of the metro could see a couple of inches of snow.”
It’s going to be a haves-and-haves-not type of situation with the heavier snow falling to the south while northern parts of the Kansas City area might only see a dusting or an inch or two, he said.
The afternoon and evening hours will be “prime time” for the snow, which could have an adverse impact on the evening rush hour in Kansas City.
It may begin to taper off from 6 p.m. to midnight Tuesday.
“Things could change,” Leighton said. “We are still three days away and we are going to be continuing to update the forecast as we go.”