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Winter storm warning issued for areas north of Kansas City

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Posted at 6:33 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 07:33:17-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for some areas north of the Kansas City metro.

The warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for Atchison and Doniphan counties in Kansas, and Buchanan County in Missouri.

More portions of northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri are also under the warning.

The weather service said heavy mixed precipitation will bring light snow that transitions to sleet and freezing rain.

With temperatures not expected to rise above freezing in this area, as they are further south in Kansas City and surrounding areas, up to half an inch of ice is possible, according to 41 Action News meteorologist Wes Peery.

NWS said power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice, and travel could be “nearly impossible.”

In Kansas City, Peery said a dusting to 2 inches of snow is possible in addition to .15 to .25 inch of ice Tuesday morning. Accumulations will melt with temperatures in the 40s in the afternoon and evening.