Weather Blog: The Storm Is Beginning To Form

Posted at 8:34 PM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 21:42:00-04

Good evening, Kansas City.

The radar echoes are rapidly increasing at 8:30 p.m., as I write this update. This first wave of energy from this storm will have a northern edge, and that northern edge will be just north of Kansas City, around 30 miles north of Interstate 70. The second wave of energy will arrive on Wednesday, with a third wave of energy — and possibly the strongest — arriving Wednesday evening.

Snow, sleet and rain are increasing from Kansas City and areas to the south. Some accumulation is likely tonight on grassy surfaces, and the roads will likely mostly be wet to slushy. So, there might be a few slick spots developing.

The second wave will increase late Wednesday morning, and the final part of the storm has a chance of producing heavy snow. Right now, we are forecasting 1 inch of wet, heavy snow on the low end, and a few spots might end up with nearly 5 inches if that Wednesday evening wave comes together.

The big concern: The leaves on the trees are still on the trees! Only a few leaves have fallen. So, if we end up with 3 inches of snow or more, then we have concerns that the weight of the snow will overwhelm some of the tree branches. This might cause the branches to break and potential power outages if they fall into powerlines.

We will be monitoring this closely. New data is coming in. I will be on Facebook Live just after 9 p.m. The good news: It will dry out Thursday for trick-or-treating!

The attached map shows the snowfall prediction, and we will update this on 41 Action News!