Rare May snowstorm makes history, but not just for snow

The snowstorm that moved across the Kansas City region Thursday night and Friday made history not just because of the rare snow.

The storm system broke records when it came to the lowest high temperatures, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Thursday’s high was 41 degrees in Kansas City, which broke the previous record for the lowest high temperature on that date of 48 in 1917.

It also set a new record for the lowest high temperature for the month of May. The previous record was 43 degrees set on May 5, 1944.

But with Friday’s forecasted high near 40 degrees, that record could be short-lived and a new monthly record for the lowest high temperature could be set for Kansas City Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

As for snow, the 1/2 inch of snow recorded at Kansas City International Airport yesterday set a record for May 2. But it wasn’t enough to set a monthly record.

Here’s a look at some snow totals through 5 a.m. Friday.

Centerview, Mo.3 inches
Overland Park2.5 inches
Grain Valley2.5 inches
Lee’s Summit2.2 inches
Clinton2 inches
Pleasant Hill, Mo.1.7 inches
Kansas City1.5 inches
Carrollton, Mo.1.5 inches
Unionville, Mo.1 inch
KCI*1/2 inch
*Official Kansas City observation

Light snow is expected to continue in some areas this morning as the storm system moves off to the east, according to the National Weather Service’s

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Rain and snow has tapered off for some areas west of Interstates 35 and 49.

Light rain could develop later Friday afternoon and evening in eastern Kansas and western Missouri and could be mixed with snow at times. Any snow, however, should not accumulate.

In downtown Kansas City, there’s a chance of rain and snow before 9 a.m. and then it switches over to rain. The high will be near 40.

Tonight, rain is likely mainly before 11 p.m. The low is expected to be in the mid-30s.

On Saturday, there’s a chance of rain with a high near 50 and a low in the mid-40s.

Rain is also possible Sunday, with the high near 60 degrees. Sunday night will be mostly cloudy with a low in the upper 40s.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com