Forecast calls for sleet, fast-moving snowstorm for Saturday night

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill has issued a winter storm warning for the eastern Kansas and west-central Missouri, saying there’s a chance for freezing rain, sleet and snow.

The warning is in effect from noon Saturday until noon Sunday.

The wintry precipitation could start as freezing rain and sleet and then change to snow across a widespread area of the region, according to the National Weather Service.

The freezing rain and sleet was expected to change over to snow by Saturday evening. Snow should taper off and end Sunday morning.

Between 5 to 7 inches of snow might fall along a line from Kansas City to Kirksville, Mo. Up to 4 inches of snow could fall elsewhere.

The weather service is warning that roads are expected to become slick and snow packed, resulting in hazardous road conditions.

Also, the ice and snow could down tree limbs.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is asking travelers to

check the latest road conditions

before driving.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says that last week’s snow and ice resulted in 10 weather-related traffic fatalities in approximately 24 hours. The patrol encourages motorists to eliminate nonessential travel and to

check road conditions


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