Snow in May: Kansas City sees measurable snowfall in May for first time since 1907

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A "once-in-a-lifetime May snowstorm" moved into the Kansas City area Thursday evening, dumping a heavy, wet snow on the region and making the beginning of May look more like the middle of January.

The same storm system that dumped as much as 15 inches in parts of Colorado and closed Interstate 70 in western Kansas Wednesday night dropped as much as 3 inches in Garden City, Mo.

It was the first measurable snowfall in Kansas City in the month of May since 1907, which was the only other time it's ever happened.

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The departments of transportation in both Kansas and Missouri were reporting mostly just wet roads in the Kansas City metro. But authorities warn that ramps, bridges and overpasses may contain icy spots.

In Missouri, the worst road conditions appear to be to the south and east of the city, with partly-covered to covered roadways from a little south of Harrisonville all the way down Interstate 49 to the Arkansas border.

Other potential trouble spots, accocrding to MoDOT's Traveler Information Map, include Springfield, Nevada, Warsaw, Sedalia, Carrolton and Chillicothe.

Snow totals from Thursday night's winter blast varied across the region, 41 Action Weather Meteorologist Brett Anthony said. Garden City's total was the highest. About 2.5 inches fell in Overland Park, Kan., and in Blue Springs and Warrensburg in Missouri.

Kansas City International Airport, the official measuring stick for the National Weather Service in Kansas City, saw just a half-inch. Other areas of Kansas City, including the 41 Action News studio near the Country Club  Plaza, saw nothing more than a dusting.

Snow is all but over for the Kansas side of the metro, but those in Missouri may see some additional flurries Friday morning.

Some minor additional accumulations are possible to the east of the city, Brett said.

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