How Much Snow Will Kansas City Get This Winter?

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a colder than average winter for Kansas City, so how much snow can we expect?

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When it comes to snowstorms, much of the United States is accustomed to at least a few inches of accumulation each year. This winter, however, many areas across the country are expected to see below-normal snowfall totals. In fact, some parts of the country may even see close to zero inches of snow.

The Midwest is one region that is expected to see decreased snowfall this winter. According to The Weather Channel’s forecast, many cities in the Midwest, including Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis, are all expecting less snow than normal. One city that may be hit particularly hard is Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas City is no stranger to winter weather, but this year’s forecast is calling for a below-normal amount of snowfall. So how much snow can Kansas City residents expect this winter?

The science of snowfall

predicting snowfall is both an art and a science. Meteorologists use a variety of tools to make their predictions, including weather models, historical data, and their own experience and intuition. In this article, we’ll explore the science of snowfall and how meteorologists make their predictions.

Snowfall basics

Snowflakes are unique—no two are alike. But how do they form?

Most snowflakes form high in the sky—usually between five and eleven miles above the ground. The air up there is very cold—around -22°F. To form a snowflake, water vapor must first condense onto tiny bits of dust or dirt in the atmosphere. These small droplets of water cling to the dust particles and as more water vapor condenses, the droplets grow larger and larger. At some point, they become too heavy to stay aloft and they begin to fall toward the ground.

As they fall, these droplets pass through areas of different temperatures and humidity levels. Each time they enter an area with different conditions, their rate of growth or shrinkage changes, causing them to form different shapes. When a snowflake finally reaches the ground, it may have passed through hundreds of different areas with different conditions for snowflake formation!

Factors that affect snowfall

There are many factors that affect how much snow a particular location will receive in a winter season. Some of these factors are:
-The geographical location of the region
-The type of terrain in the region
-The elevation of the region
-The prevailing winds in the region
-The amount of moisture in the air

Geographical location is a big factor in snowfall. Regions that are farther north generally have more snowfall than regions that are farther south. This is because the air is colder near the north pole, so more moisture condenses out of the atmosphere and falls as snow. The type of terrain can also affect snowfall. Mountains tend to get more snow than flat regions because the air rises as it passes over mountains, cooling and condensing more moisture into snow. The elevation of a region can also play a role, with higher regions generally getting more snow than lower regions. This is because air cools as it rises, so higher areas are often cooler and have more condense moisture.

Prevailing winds can also influence how much snowfall a particular area gets. If the prevailing winds are from the north, then colder air will be blown into the region, leading to more snowfall. Conversely, if prevailing winds are from the south, then warmer air will be blown into the region, leading to less snowfall. The amount of moisture in the atmosphere also plays a role in how much snowfall a particular area gets. If there is more moisture in the air, then there is more potential for snowfall; if there is less moisture in the air, then there is less potential for snowfall

The history of snowfall in Kansas City

Every winter, people in the Midwest wonder how much snow they’ll get. Will it be a light dusting, or a foot of the white stuff? In Kansas City, the answer isn’t always easy to predict. The city’s snowfall totals can vary widely from year to year.

Average snowfall over the years

In Kansas City, the winters are cold and damp, and the summers are hot and humid. The city experiences four distinct seasons, with moderate temperatures in the spring and fall.

The area’s snowfall varies greatly from year to year. The heaviest snowfall on record occurred in the winter of 1947-1948, when Kansas City received 79 inches (200 cm) of snow. The least amount of snowfall was in the winter of 1931-1932, when the city received only 4 inches (10 cm).

Over the past few years, Kansas City has seen an average of about 20 inches (51 cm) of snow each winter. However, the amount of snowfall can vary greatly from one year to the next. For example, in the winter of 2016-2017, Kansas City received a total of only 9 inches (23 cm) of snow.

Notable snowstorms

Kansas City’s first significant recorded snowfall occurred in November 1836. Since that time, the area has seen several heavy snowstorms, particularly in the 20th century. Several notable storms stands out in recent history, including the “Blizzard of73”, one of the worst to ever hit the Midwest. In February 2011, another large storm dropped over 20 inches of snow in some areas north and west of the city.

More recently, the winter of 2019 brought heavy snows to parts of the city, with some areas seeing over a foot of accumulation. This was followed by a relatively mild 2020 winter, with only a few inches of accumulation throughout the season.

The forecast for this winter

Kansas City is expected to see below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation this winter, according to the Farmers’ Almanac winter weather forecast. This winter will bring a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain to the area.

The Farmer’s Almanac

The Farmers’ Almanac is calling for a “teeth-chattering” winter, with below-normal temperatures and above-normal snowfall across much of the country. The Midwest and Northeast are expected to be hit the hardest, with up to two feet of snow in some areas.

This winter will be especially tough for those who are already tired of the cold and snow from last year. It is important to be prepared, both mentally and physically, for what lies ahead. Here are some tips to help you get through the next few months:

1. Get your home ready: Make sure your furnace is serviced and your windows are properly sealed. Insulate any exposed pipes and consider investing in a snow blower or shovel.

2. Stock up on supplies: Check your pantry and stockpile non-perishable food items. Fill up your prescription medications and have a first-aid kit on hand. Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid getting stranded in the cold.

3. Stay active: Exercise can help improve your mood and give you more energy to deal with the winter blues. Get outside for a walk or run when the sun is out, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

4. Seek support: If you’re feeling down, talk to someone who can offer emotional support. Call a friend or family member, join a support group, or see a therapist if necessary.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a “wetter-than-normal” winter for much of the United States, including Kansas City. The forecast is based on a combination of factors, including solar activity, celestial alignment and weather patterns.

Although the Farmers’ Almanac is not always accurate, it does have a pretty good track record. In fact, the National Weather Service uses the Farmers’ Almanac as one of its predictors for long-range forecasting.

So, how much snow can we expect this winter? The Farmers’ Almanac is calling for 12 to 18 inches in Kansas City. However, they are also quick to point out that their forecast is not 100 percent accurate and that snowfall amounts could vary depending on the weather patterns that develop during the winter months.

The National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is forecasting a colder than normal winter for much of the United States, with the potential for above-normal snowfall in parts of the Midwest and Northeast.

While there is some uncertainty in the forecast, overall, the chances are increased for a colder than normal winter across most of the country. The greatest chances for above-normal snowfall are in parts of the Midwest and Northeast, where some areas could see 50 percent or more above their normal snowfall totals.


In summary, while there is no clear definitive answer, the general consensus seems to be that Kansas City is likely to see a moderate amount of snowfall this winter. Several factors – such as the El Nino weather pattern, the position of the jet stream, and past weather patterns – all suggest that Kansas City is likely to see more snow than average this winter. However, it is important to remember that forecasting snowfall amounts is an imprecise science, and even the most experienced meteorologists can only make educated guesses. So, while it’s fun to speculate about how much snow we might get this winter, ultimately we’ll just have to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us.

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