Weather Blog - Winter Storm Is Just Northwest Of Kansas City

Snowfall Forecast
Posted at 7:52 AM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 13:36:21-05

Good afternoon bloggers,

1245 PM UPDATE: Previous blog below

The main storm will cross northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri this afternoon. The main snow will occur along and northwest of the upper level storm track.

1"-4" of snow is likely on a line from north of Topeka, KS to St. Joseph, MO to Trenton, MO. The 10"-15" snow amounts have been pushed north to Nebraska and Iowa, possibly clipping northwest Missouri. Here is a link to the webcams located at Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, MO. You can track the progress of the snow up there.


Here is the weather timeline for Kansas City. If we are to see slick spots, they will occur after 9-10 PM as temperatures drop below freezing along with the chance of a period of light snow that could bring a dusting to 1/2" on top of the leftover water. Even a dusting of snow, on top of leftover water, with falling temperatures to below freezing, can cause slick spots quickly.


Tuesday and Wednesday will be cloudy and cold with lows and highs in the 20s. A second system may bring a dusting to 1" of snow later Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Highs will warm to the 50s for Friday and Saturday with a chance of rain Saturday.

Have a great week and stay healthy. GO CHIEFS!

Jeff Penner
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Good morning bloggers,

Is it still Nine To Nothing (9-0)? Oh, that's right, the Chiefs outscored Buffalo 31-6 during a long stretch of the game. The Kansas City Chiefs are in the Super Bowl. It was dry last night, as we accurately predicted it would be, and the rain moved in after midnight. The first band of rain is already ending as you can see below.

The Dry Slot Shows Where The Rain & Snow Have Been Cut Off

We are going into, what is called, the dry slot. This is effectively ending the rain in KC, and the mixture up north. This storm started trending north a few days ago, and our weather team accurately predicted that it would likely be dry for the game, and the winter impacts would be nearly none, and they aren't many impacts at all this morning. The only impact is that it is a bit on the cold side.

Kansas City Weather Time-Line:

  • Now - Noon: Temperatures between 32° and 35° with maybe some very light drizzle. Roads staying wet!
  • Noon - 6 PM: A band of showers moves through with a mixture of winter precipitation possible. Roads stay wet!
  • Tonight: A chance of flurries or very light snow. A dusting of snow is possible! Temperatures dropping to below freezing, so watch for some tricky icy spots!

Colder air will move in tonight, and there is a chance of a light dusting of snow near KC. I am not convinced there will be a dusting, however, and this is something we will be monitoring closely. As you can see below, the 6 PM surface map shows it mostly dry.

The snow shifts north

There is a Winter Storm Warning for far northern and northwestern Missouri:

Winter Weather Advisories

There is a chance of dusting in KC, but as I said we are in the dry slot of this storm, and it may be just about over. There is a second system approaching the area on Tuesday night as well, and we will discuss that storm on 41 Action News.

Snowfall Forecast

This snowfall forecast does show 2" to 7" amounts north of a St. Joseph to Trenton line. South of this line there may be a dusting. We will monitor this closely today. Temperatures will be pretty cold with highs in the 20s Tuesday into Wednesday.

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog and sharing in this weather experience. Have a great day. Let's celebrate the Kansas City Chiefs victory and we will have the best coverage on 41 Action News. We have a special at 6:30 PM tonight!