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KC area could see ‘upwards of an inch, inch and a half’ of snow Thursday

Raw video: Snow falls across downtown Kansas City

Light snow fell across the Kansas City area on Sunday Feb. 4, 2018. Between a dusting to an inch of snow was expected by the time the storm moved out of the Kansas City area.
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Light snow fell across the Kansas City area on Sunday Feb. 4, 2018. Between a dusting to an inch of snow was expected by the time the storm moved out of the Kansas City area.

Snowfall in the Kansas City area is becoming more likely Thursday as precipitation moves in and temperatures linger around freezing, but don’t expect for it to stick around too long, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

Scott Blair, a meteorologist at the weather service office in Pleasant Hill, estimates the area “could see upwards of an inch, inch and a half” of snow Thursday, but because air and ground temperatures are expected to be above freezing, a lot of that snow will melt.

“Certainly as we get later on into Thursday, there is some concern for slick spots on roadways,” Blair said. “Grassy areas and elevated areas are more likely to have some accumulation.”

The Kansas Department of Transportation Twitter account for the Kansas City area said drivers should check on road conditions before heading out Thursday.

According to the weather service, the Kansas City area should expect potential for snowfall beginning Thursday afternoon and continuing into the evening hours followed up by several days of cold temperatures.

The National Weather Service forecast for Kansas City said rain and snow showers were likely in the afternoon with a high of around 38 degrees. Rain and snow showers are expected to continue, becoming all snow after the sun sets with a low temperature of about 28 degrees.

Friday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 35.

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