A quick moving winter storm likely will produce two rounds of snow in the Kansas City region Tuesday.
Heavy snows are not expected, however there could be a period of snow falling about an inch per hour during the evening commute.
The snow could be preceded by some light freezing drizzle, especially south of U.S. 50, according to a winter advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. The advisory is in effect from 9 a.m. to midnight Tuesday.
While most in the Kansas City area likely will see 2, possibly 3, inches of snow, the highest snow totals are expected to be in northern and central Missouri, where 3 to 4 inches is possible. Freezing drizzle is likely south of Kansas City area down to Joplin and Springfield.
The first band of snow is expected to spread from the northwest into central Missouri Tuesday morning. The second band is expected to form over east-central Kansas by late morning and head east across west-central Missouri.
The heaviest snowfall rates are expected to be between noon and 6 p.m., which could cause slippery road conditions during the evening commute.
The Kansas City will get a brief break from wintry weather during the day Wednesday, but there is a chance for light snow Wednesday night into Thursday morning. About an inch or less of snow is expected from that round of snow.