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Weather Blog: Winter Storm on track for tonight into Friday

Posted: 4:45 PM, Jan 16, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-16 17:45:07-05
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Good Thursday evening bloggers,

The cold air has come back in full force as lows hit the teens and single digits this morning and highs were stuck in the 20s. A winter storm is approaching and will begin to hit the area after midnight tonight. Winter weather advisories have been posted and will be in effect through 6pm Friday evening.

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TIMING: The storm system is in two parts as each passes overhead through Friday evening bringing mixed precipitation through the period. Here is a look at the timing of the storm system. It will begin as a mixture of snow and sleet. Transitioning to sleet and freezing rain, followed by a change to rain as temperatures rise above freezing Friday afternoon.

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TOTALS AND IMPACTS: Since road temperatures will be cold, ice and snow accumulations will be almost immediate especially on bridges and overpasses. 1/4" to 1/2" of ice is expected across most of the area with higher amounts possible to the south east. The highest snow totals of 1"-3" are expected north of Hwy 36 toward the border. 1" or less of snow expected along the I-70 corridor.

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Impacts to the roads will be the greatest with 1" or more of total snow and ice causing for very slick conditions. Scattered power outages often begin around the 1/2" of ice accumulation in trees and power lines so no widespread power outages are expected right now.

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Bad News: It will be very icy until Friday afternoon when temperatures begin to warm up above freezing Friday evening. It will also stay very cold over the weekend with highs in the 20s on Chiefs Sunday.

Good News: Dry on Sunday, M.L.K. Jr. Day, through Tuesday with a slow return to normal temperatures by mid-week.

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Everybody please remember to drive with care, and patience tomorrow if you have to be out on the roads. Layer up your red for the Chiefs game. Stay with 41 Action News for the latest updates, we will keep you advised.