Spring to get off to a chilly, snowy start

Spring will be getting off to a chilly and snowy start in the Kansas City area this year.

Although today is expected to be sunny, temperatures will reach about 40 degrees — that’s15 to 20 degrees below average for the first day of spring, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

Tonight it will be cold as temperatures will fall to the mid-teens to mid-20s.

Then on Thursday, snow will fall.

A weak system is expected to move through the area Thursday morning, dumping snow into the evening. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s, so some of the snow may mix with rain and sleet, especially south of the Kansas City area.

The National Weather Service expects the area in the line from St. Joseph to Columbia to receive less to an inch of snow.

Meanwhile, about 1 to 2 inches of snow is expected in the area from Kansas City to Sedalia. And 2 to 3 inches of snow is expected along a line from Paola, Kan., to Butler, Mo.

Another storm is expected this weekend, bringing along the chance for additional snow late Saturday and early Sunday. How much and where remains an uncertainty for now, according to the National Weather Service.

One thing that will continue to be consistent is below average temperatures. Highs are likely to remain 15 to 20 degrees below average through the weekend and into early next week.

In fact, today could be among the warmest days for the next week, according to the extended forecast.