Sudden snow squalls could create a hazardous Monday commute

Strong winds and brief intense snow showers could create snow squalls that reduce visibility for Monday morning’s commute, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

The scattered snow squalls were expected to spread across the Kansas City region late Sunday and continue into Monday afternoon. Because the snow squalls were expected to hit and miss, some people might see only flurries while others could see a brief snow burst of a half an inch in 15 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

Less than an inch of snow was expected to fall. However, that snow, combined with winds gusting to 45 mph, could produce visibility of less than a block at times as well as slippery roads.

The National Weather Service warned that travel could be hazardous and urged drivers to allow extra time for their commutes and to use caution on the roads.

Wind chills will drop into the single digits across northern Missouri and the teens in Kansas City and other areas Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The winds are expected to slowly diminish by late Monday afternoon. Monday’s high is expected to be near 30 degrees with temperatures falling into the upper teens.

Temperatures are expected to be colder than normal for the first half of the week and become closer to normal or slightly above normal for the remainder of the week.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb