How Much Snow is Kansas City Getting This Weekend?

The latest forecast for snowfall in the Kansas City area this weekend.

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Introduction

Snowfall accumulations across the metro will range from 2 to 6 inches by Sunday evening. The heaviest snow will fall south and east of the city, with the lightest amounts along the I-70 corridor.

Snowfall Totals

As of 6:00 AM CST Friday, a light wintry mix was already making its way into extreme northwest Missouri. This activity will quickly come to an end later this morning as the system responsible for it pushes into the Midwest. Below is a map showing snowfall totals for this system. The darker the blue, the higher the expected accumulation.
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Highest snowfall totals are expected in a band from north central Kansas into central and southwest Missouri, where 3″-6″ will be possible. A quick transition to freezing rain and sleet will occur along and south of I-70 in Missouri this afternoon as temperatures warm above freezing, with little to no accumulation expected in these areas. Ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch will still be possible in this zone, which may lead to hazardous travel conditions. North of I-70, snowfall totals will generally range from 1″-3″.

Winter Storm Watches and Warnings

As of Friday morning, the National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches and warnings for parts of Missouri and Kansas. Watches are in effect for most of northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas, while warnings are in effect for Atchison, Doniphan and Leavenworth counties in Kansas, as well as Buchanan, Clinton, Caldwell, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Platte and Worth counties in Missouri.

The watches are in effect from late Friday night through Sunday afternoon. The warnings are in effect from 6 p.m. Friday until noon Sunday.

The weather service says 6 to 12 inches of snow is possible in the watch areas and up to 18 inches is possible in the warning areas.

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snowfall that could impact travel. A winter storm warning means significant snowfall is expected and travel will be difficult or impossible at times.

Timing

The Kansas City area is expected to receive several inches of snow this weekend, with the heaviest accumulation coming on Saturday night.

Accumulation

In the event that heavier snow falls, accumulations of 5 to 8 inches will be possible by Sunday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the area, which is in effect from late Saturday night through Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri from midnight tonight until 6 pm Sunday. They are expecting 4 to 8 inches of snow in the Kansas City metropolitan area with the heaviest amounts north and northwest of the city.

Conclusion

It looks like Kansas City is going to get anywhere from 2-4 inches of snow this weekend!

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