Fast-moving storm to drop light snow on Kansas City

Light snow is likely to fall on the Kansas City area Wednesday night as a fast-moving winter storm system moves through the area.

Snowfall totals from the storm will likely range from 1 to 3 inches in most areas, but some areas could see as much as 4 inches of snow by Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The morning commute Thursday could be messy because once the snow tapers off, freezing drizzle could fall in some areas. This has the potential to make surfaces very slick.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Kansas City region, including Atchison, Miami, Leavenworth, Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas, and Platte, Clay, Ray, Carroll, Jackson, Lafayette, Cass, Johnson and Henry counties in Missouri.

The advisory for snow and freezing drizzle is in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 9 a.m. Thursday.

The light snow is expected to begin falling between 7 p.m. and midnight Wednesday, however most of the accumulation will occur between midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

While the Kansas City area is expected to see up to 3 inches, up to 4 inches of snowfall is possible over parts of eastern Kansas, including in Topeka.

The National Weather Service is advising that the snow likely will cause roads to become slick. Freezing drizzle could form a glazing of ice on the roads.

Drivers are urged to plan extra time for their morning commute Thursday.

Highs Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be in the lower to middle 30s.

In advance of the storm, Kansas City tweeted out link to its snow routes and snow policy.


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