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Wednesday morning commute hampered by snow

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Posted at 5:08 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 09:59:17-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Morning commuters will need to use caution as they hit the roads Wednesday.

Snow began around 4 a.m. and had covered some area roads within 40 minutes.

Though temperatures rose above zero in the Kansas City area, Wednesday's high is still just 21 degrees with wind chills between 5 and 15 degrees.

Snow should leave the area between 10 a.m. and noon and residents can expect a dusting to 2 inches of snow.

It has been 15 degrees or colder for 10 consecutive days in Kansas City, according to meteorologist Gary Lezak. That's the longest streak of 15 degrees or colder recorded in the area.

Because of the continued cold, energy companies are still asking residents to conserve energy and rolling emergency blackouts are still possible through 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to Evergy.

Because of the quick snow accumulation and the low temperatures, drivers should use extreme caution on their morning commute.

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Most area school districts canceled classes or moved to virtual learning because of the expected messy roads and cold weather.

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A winter weather advisory is in effect for most counties until 6 p.m. Wednesday.