Winter storm likely to bring snow Wednesday, messy commute Thursday

Think of Tuesday as the calm before the storm.

With highs in the in the low 40s, Tuesday’s temperatures will return to near normal.

But the seasonable temperatures will give way to snow by Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

Snow is likely begin falling in the Kansas City region by late afternoon Wednesday and continuing into Thursday morning.

As much as 2 inches of snow is possible in the Kansas City area. Heavier amounts of 2 to 3 inches of snow is expected northeast of the Kansas City area. Some areas of north-central Missouri could see as much as 4 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service suggested keeping an eye on the forecast as the bands of high amounts of snow tend to shift before settling on a location.

Drivers should plan for slippery roads for the morning rush hour.

After the snow moves out of the area, colder air will replace it. Highs are expected to tumble into the middle to upper teens on Thursday. Wind Chills will be near zero for most of the day and falling below zero after sunset.

Temperatures will be in the single digits on Friday morning, with wind chill values in the single digits below zero.

A potentially more significant winter storm shaping up for the Kansas City region this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Light to moderate snow is possible Saturday with a wintry mix possible by Sunday.

The impact of the storm may vary widely depending on the type of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.