Ahead of snow storm, winter weather advisory issued for Kansas City, surrounding area

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Update: The winter weather advisory has been moved up and will go into effect 3 p.m. Friday for the Kansas City area. The National Weather Service noted: “Mix of rain, sleet, and snow expected at 3 p.m., changing to all snow around sunset. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches expected.”

The National Weather Service has placed the Kansas City area under a winter weather advisory ahead of a snow storm that could bring between 2 to 5 inches of snow across the region this weekend.

The winter weather advisory was issued for several northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas counties, including Platte, Ray, Buchanan, Jackson, Clinton, Clay and Cass counties in Missouri and Wyandotte, Johnson and Leavenworth counties in Kansas.

The advisory is expected to be in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday.

The weather service office, based in Pleasant Hill, said “mixed precipitation may bookend the snow” Friday and Saturday.

“Some minor glazing of surfaces will be possible Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening,” it warned. “Plan on slippery road conditions.”

The forecast for Kansas City calls for rain Friday afternoon. The rain is expected to transition to all snow later that night, the weather service said.

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.