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Snow and sleet expected tonight

Kansas City can expect a dusting of snow — an inch or less — and a glazing of ice as a new weather front rolls in Friday night through Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.But Friday night commuters for the most part should get a reprieve from slick roads during rush hour.The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill is forecasting that temperatures likely won’t fall below freezing until sunset.Kansas City road crews have been summoned to report at 11:30 p.m. Friday.A winter weather advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday.An updated forecast shows that temperatures likely won’t fall below freezing until sunset, according to Jared Leighton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.There could be some lingering slick spots, but for the most part it likely wont be freezing until most people are home from work, Leighton said.Precipitation isn’t expected to move into the area until after sunset. Even then, it will start as rain.As temperatures drop, the rain will shift to a mix of freezing rain and sleet. Most of the area will be under some kind of freezing precipitation by 9 p.m.After midnight, the sleet is expected to turn into snow.It’s difficult to predict exact amounts that will fall across the area because a shift in temperatures by a degree or so could mean the difference between rain, freezing rain or snow.Generally, 1/10th of an inch of ice is expected across the metropolitan area. The snowfall total in the Kansas City area is expected to be about an inch, with as much as 2 inches to the north.Highs Saturday are expected to be in the low to mid-30s.| The Star

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