The snow arriving in Kansas City on Tuesday will likely fall after the evening rush hour, forecasters are now predicting.
The snowfall is expected to arrive in two waves. The first wave will move across the area north of the Missouri River around noon and last through the evening.
The second wave, which is part of the back side of the storm system, is expected to arrive in Kansas City and areas to the south after 7 p.m. and last until around midnight.
Between a trace and 3 inches of snow is expected to fall in Kansas City area with the heaviest amounts falling in the Northland.
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“The farther south you go, the less you’re going to see,” said Jared Leighton, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.
“The best chance for the heavier snow is probably going to be a little north of the metro, probably toward the St. Joseph — Chillicothe — Kirksville corridor.”
Visibilities could fall below 1 mile at times with snow quickly covering the roads. Drivers headed north on Interstates 29 and 35 are urged to use caution.
Between 2 and 4 inches of snow is possible in St. Joe. Some locations could see more than 4 inches of snow.
Areas around Kansas City International Airport could see as much as 2 inches of snow while cities like Lee’s Summit and Pleasant Hill could see between a trace and an inch of snow.
The afternoon and evening commute in the Northland and in northern Missouri could become dangerous from slick and messy roads.
Drivers on KC metro roads could see road conditions deteriorate after the evening rush hour, especially between 7 and 9 p.m.
The forecast evolved with the trend over the last couple of days of the heaviest snowfall amounts shifting further north.
“Everybody should keep watching the forecast,” Leighton said.
Cold weather is expected to continue through Thursday.
Highs are expected to climb only to the upper teens or lower 20s Tuesday.
It’s expected to be another chilly night Tuesday. There won’t be too much wind, so wind chills might drop only to the single digits.
The Kansas Highway Patrol planned to begin removing abandoned vehicles from the shoulders of interstates and highways in the Kansas City area Tuesday morning.
Abandoned vehicles can inhibit the Kansas Department of Transportation’s ability to clear snow from the roads.