Early snow, winter weather in KC endangers rush hour with colder weekend ahead

An early snow falls on the Kansas City metro area

Kansas City welcomed an early snow on Nov. 8 before fall colors have all faded away.
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Kansas City welcomed an early snow on Nov. 8 before fall colors have all faded away.

A wicked early chill is coming, with light snow Thursday evening that will imperil the evening rush hour throughout the Kansas City area, the National Weather Service warned.

Wisps of snow flakes were already swirling in the afternoon’s leaden skies Thursday afternoon, ahead of the winter advisory issued from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. across northeast Kansas and the entire Kansas City area.

“We wanted to get the warning out because there could be some slippery spots” as commuters head home, Weather Service meteorologist Walter Otto said.

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A winter weather advisory was issued for the Kansas City area and northeastern Kansas ahead of the evening rush hour Thursday. National Weather Service

Snow could accumulate up to one inch across the area, mostly along grassy and elevated areas, Otto said. But the temperatures, falling toward freezing this afternoon, mean there may be enough moisture to make roads dangerous.

Then people can prepare for a freeze and bone-chilling wind Friday and into Saturday.

Temperatures, in the mid-30s Thursday afternoon, were dropping and are expected to reach near freezing in the early evening.

They could fall to the mid-20s by Friday morning. Saturday could begin as low as the mid-teens, Otto said.

The weekend’s deep chill is not expected to come with any notable precipitation, but expect winds to be blowing at 20 mph, with gusts into the 30s. That means wind chills in single digits.

This is an unusual, deep cold for early November. Normal temperature ranges come with highs in the 50s and lows in the upper 30s.

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