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Sudden snow, graupel bursts pop up in Kansas City area

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Posted at 4:28 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 17:32:54-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Citians are in for quite the range of weather conditions in the next 24 hours.

Predicted high winds and snow accumulations prompted the National Weather Service to place the area in a winter weather advisory for Friday.

But on Thursday, some parts of the area experienced snow and graupel bursts.

41 Action News Chief Meteorologist Gary Lezak said the bursts are essentially small-scale convective showers made up of a combination of raindrops and snowflakes that mix together to form precipitation similar to soft hail.

The showers are striking because just down the street might be completely blue sky.

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