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Heavy Snow Bands Are Forming

Good late afternoon bloggers,

Heavy bands of snow are forming and by the time we are into our 5 and 6 PM newscasts I will be able to pick out the most likely spots for the heaviest snow. We just expanded the area on our latest snowfall forecast.  Lawrence just went down to 1/4 mile visibility in heavy snow and this is moving into the city.  Here is the latest forecast:

Here is the meso-discussion from the Storm Prediction Center.  How often do you see this for Kansas City…..NEVER!

BANDS OF HEAVY SNOWFALL WILL INTENSIFY ACROSS NERN KS AND NWRN MO
   THIS AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING…WITH RATES OF 1 TO LOCALLY 2
   INCHES PER HOUR EXPECTED. THE HEAVY SNOW WILL IMPACT THE KANSAS CITY
   METRO AREA BY 00Z.
  
   STRONG DEEP-LAYER ASCENT CONTINUES TO OVERSPREAD THE CENTRAL PLAINS
   AHEAD OF A VIGOROUS SHORTWAVE TROUGH DIVING SEWD ACROSS THE WRN
   CONUS. A LLJ AHEAD OF THE TROUGH IS CONTRIBUTING TO ISENTROPIC
   UPGLIDE ATOP THE COLD AIR MASS ENVELOPING THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND
   UPPER MIDWEST. CONVERGENCE IN THE EXIT REGION OF THIS LLJ…ALONG
   WITH ISENTROPIC UPGLIDE AND INCREASING LARGE-SCALE ASCENT…WILL
   RESULT IN INCREASING SNOWFALL RATES ACROSS THE DISCUSSION AREA THIS
   AFTERNOON.
  
   ADDITIONALLY…INCREASING LOW/MID-LEVEL FRONTOGENESIS IS EXPECTED TO
   OCCUR INVOF THE INTERSTATE 70 CORRIDOR BY EARLY EVENING AIDED BY
   850-MB DEFORMATION. THIS WILL FAVOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SNOW
   BANDING…ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE KANSAS CITY METRO AREA…WHERE
   MODELS INDICATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF SLANTWISE INSTABILITY LATER THIS
   AFTERNOON. WITH FORECAST SOUNDINGS INDICATING STRONG ASCENT THROUGH
   A SATURATED DENDRITIC GROWTH ZONE…EFFICIENT SNOW GROWTH IS
   ANTICIPATED…WITH RATES EXPECTED TO REACH 1 TO LOCALLY 2 INCHES PER
   HOUR IN THE SNOW BANDS.

Let us know what you are experiencing.  We will update the blog after the 6 PM newscast. 

Gary

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239 comments to Heavy Snow Bands Are Forming

  • Kole Christian

    Fluffy white stuff, I LOVE IT.

  • sportsfreaked

    Gary thanks for the update. Snowing pretty good here in Eastern Independence. I am sure you are in for a long night!

    ED

  • patt0122

    Snowing very heavy downtown….8th and Main. Vision distance from the 16th floor is not good. Cannot see the bridges or airport anymore.

  • kellyinkc

    Gary, wearing your snow vest tonight? Snow picking up in Raytown everytime I look out the window. any chance this storm could stall?????

  • wxwatcher

    Just got real excited, thought I heard “thunder”…opened the door outside to verify, and it was a darn train! I have never heard “thunder” while snowing, was hoping I’d finally get to experience it, but not so. :( Patio has a light covering in Osawatomie.

  • ohsgal

    It is snowing like crazy here in Raymore! Streets are covered

  • ColoursOfKansas

    Here in Lawrence, the snow is heavier than ever. Visibility is actually probably closer to a tenth of a mile, Gary. My guess of 8-12 inches seems likely. I hope we end up experiencing thundersnow in Lawrence. I’ve only ever seen/heard it up in Pennsylvania. Also, thundersnow = heavier snowfall!

  • SherronCollins

    already have nearly 2″ in Lawrence

  • pfcpat2

    It started snowing here in Lenexa, KS at about 1:00 pm. I am near 95th and Santa Fe Trail Drive. The roads and sidewalks are now, at 2:34 pm, covered with a dusting of snow to where you can’t see the pavement beneath. It is snowing big snowflakes and it is snowing quite heavily. Good luck to all of those heading home in the rush hour!!

  • Bryan

    wxwatcher,

    interesting you found out it was only a train…I thought I heard thunder twice here at work at 18th street and I70 in KCK. it sure was a long deep rumble…snowfall is coming down fast and furious here.

    Bryan

  • It’s finally snowing here in Strasburg, NE Cass county. It’s light snow but snow none the less.

  • Snowing pretty good here in downtown Lee’s Summit. Starting to cover the driveway.
    Wxwatcher: I heard thunder once while it was snowing. It was in the blizzard of 93 down in South Carolina. I thought it was so neat. Haven’t heard it since

  • kellyinkc

    Keeping my ears tuned for thunder!! Rush hour will be a pain tonight!

  • Weatherfreak01

    Snow falling rapidly here in Lee’s Summit near the 7 and Colbern. I have no idea if we have had thunder snow… All I know is that my dog was barking at something only he heard about half an hour ago. Sometimes they do bark at thunder..

  • Fred

    Simply put…unbelievable. Good job Gary, you definitely didn’t miss on this one…let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

  • kcmookie

    It is coming down pretty good out here in Lenexa.

  • wxwatcher

    Not sure this will work, but here are the Ks and MO road report websites:

    KS: http://511.ksdot.org/KanRoadPublic_VE/Default.aspx

    MO: http://www.modot.mo.gov/tim/

    Thought this might help those who have to be out in this.

  • braysmama

    Snowing pretty good in Blue Springs now, things are starting to get covered up.

  • OlatheMatt

    Its Wednesday night in the big town! KC metro right in the bullseye! Its not easy to have that heaviest spot perfectly over Johnson, Wyandotte, and Jackson counties. I just started a fire in the fireplace too, layin on the couch with the laptop, and watching TV.

  • hk2111

    Roads are getting a little tricky here in Eudora.

  • wxwatcher

    I just posted the KS and MO road report websites, but it is awaiting moderation…I may not have done it correctly. If there is someone here who can post these correctly, I think that would help the travelers in knowing what the conditions of the roads are that they may have to travel. JMO

  • goodlifegardens

    323rd & hwy 7 Garden City/Creighton Started snowing about an hour ago. Ground is white Cows are white. About half mile visibility. Slight East wind. Getting heavier by the minute.

  • snowlover71

    I love it! Hope the bullseye hits my house! Have my measuring stick in place and making chicken pot pie. Hope the snow continues all night and into morning.

  • mikey0715

    Snowing pretty good in Lee’s Summit. Drove home from school and roads are wet with some getting a slight cover on them. Glad we are in are for 6-10.

  • whitelightning

    here is modot link i have, show missouri road conditions. http://www.modot.org/tim/

  • smiley10

    It’s snowmaggedon! Ok, not quite. =)

  • olathewx

    Small flakes falling with 1/2″ already on the ground at College & Metcalf in O.P. with 0.5 mile visibility.

  • teamster83

    gary what is 113th and cookingham what zone i that in for amounts of snow

  • kane

    Does anyone know when it will stop? is it still 6-8 am? I love snow just as much as I hate it. Wish I could just stay inside but I have to go clean the streets tonight. What fun 12 hours of plowing snow. I wonder how many people will still be out on the roads. Oh well thats life. If you are in a ditch and I see you I will stop and help.

  • Inflowjet

    NWS is mentioning thundersnow in their updated forecasts

  • whitelightning

    Paola has already had some thunder, my sister said it thundered 3 times in last hour or so.

  • Adogg

    Snowing moderately in Drexel. Roads are white. Dusting to maybe half inch. Not really big flakes yet.

  • suzieq1622

    It’s coming down fairly heavy here in KCK, the roads are already covered pretty good here. The road crews just passed my house and either salted or sanded.

  • tigerscott

    HERE WE GO IN LEES SUMMIT AT 470 AND 291 HIGHWAYS ARE GETTING COVERED NOW..DRIVE CAREFUL..SLOW DOWN..WE HAVE SEEN 1 CAR SLIDE OFF AROUND THE CORNER!!

  • SherronCollins

    I-70 is getting destroyed from Topeka all the way to central Missouri

  • Bryan

    3:02 PM – Definitely just had a loud clap of thunder here at work at 18th Street and I-70. Snow is coming down very hard at this time.

  • Moderately heavy snow here in NKC… Visibility is down, and the side roads are covered and slick… My car windows are completely covered too! :) Big fat flakes…

    The snowpocalypse hath begun! :P hehe

  • weatherfanatic

    Snowing hard here off of 75th and state line.

  • blizzard68

    Snowing very hard in Leavenworth.

  • Inflowjet

    Interesting that the SPC issued a mesoscale discussion. Looks like its really going to come down through the evening.

  • Coach KC

    Anyone ever seen a mesoscale discussion for a snowstorm before?

    “http://spc.noaa.gov/products/md/md0036.html”

  • It’s coming down at a rapid rate here in Blue Springs off of I-70 and Adams Dairy Pkwy. Deck, along with our table/chairs are covered. It was definately a good call for early dismissal today!

  • blizzard68

    We have well over an 1 inch here

  • kellyinkc

    What? a mesoscale discussion?????

  • CloseEncounter

    Already 2 inches near Tiffany Greens.

  • BANDS OF HEAVY SNOWFALL WILL INTENSIFY ACROSS NERN KS AND NWRN MO
    THIS AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING…WITH RATES OF 1 TO LOCALLY 2
    INCHES PER HOUR EXPECTED. THE HEAVY SNOW WILL IMPACT THE KANSAS CITY
    METRO AREA BY 00Z.

    Mesoscale discussion per SPC… That is just the top part of it.

  • weatherlover624

    I29 and 64th St. Coming down pretty good. I’ve measured 1 1/2 inches on front sidewalk.

  • LarryA

    Wow! The snow started in NW Lawrence shortly after noon today. It has really picked up in intensity over the past 2 hours. We already have 3.1″ as of 3:10 PM, visibility 1/4 to 1/8 mile with another very heavy band of snow moving on now. The snow is coming straight sown, like rain.

  • ctinaditty

    Candace, that does NOT sound fun for me! The bank closes at 6:15 P.M. and I have to drive home in what might be that 1-2 inches per hour… Not looking like a fun evening drive for me!

    Everyone stay safe out there! I would be really excited to experience a thundersnow though. All this talk about thundersnow has me giddy! My coworkers just don’t understand how cool that would be! :)

  • A Mesoscale discussion is from the National Weather services Storm prediction center. When they release a statement about coming severe weather. I have never seen one with snow, :)

  • squeezyweasel

    Thundersnow would be really cool to see, if you get it that means your snow rates go way up for a brief time

  • lillis

    close to 2 inches here in SE Olathe with heavy snow

  • weatherfanatic

    How much longer is this going to last?

  • westonhere

    Snowing really hard here in Weston,Mo. Measured 2 in. so far since it started here about 11:30 am. Looks like we are in a snowglobe its snowing so hard!

  • bethhatessnow

    Snowing heavily, about 3/4″ here. Heard one clap of thunder and the dog hasn’t stopped barking since. We are snuggled in to our house for the remainder of the snow.

  • bethhatessnow

    ha! Forgot to write that I’m at 291 and Stark in the Northland

  • kellyinkc

    if we had winds it would be a blizzard!!!

  • scottr

    Here in spring hill there has beed moderate snow, easily 1 inch on the ground now, probably a little more.

  • R-Dub

    They issue MD’s for snow all the time, we just don’t notice them because they are usually not for us.

    Snowing pretty good in OP, side streets getting very slick.

  • goodlifegardens

    323rd & hwy 7 Garden City/Creighton Probably between 1/4 and 1/2 inch on the ground after 2 hrs, but most of that is in last hour. No flakes, more like grains of white dust. Wind picking up out of the NE.

    Surprised that some aren’t more familiar with thunder snow. Usually have at least once each year, usually with a December snow rather than in the dead of winter.

  • ctinaditty

    Can someone post a link to the mesoscale discussion? I’d be interested in reading that!

    The grounds are completely covered in Blue Springs off of Woods Chapel and I-70. Visibility is way down. The snow is coming down hard. It’s beautiful outside that is for sure!

  • Moderate snow near Johnson County executive with 2″ so far since about 1:00pm when the snow first started accumulating. It’s beautiful outside! And one interesting thing I noticed, the main streets are actually worse than the neighborhood street. It’s very weird.

    • I heard once or twice what I thought was thunder, but it hadn’t been mentioned in the forecast so I didn’t pay any attention. The grass is already completely covered, and evergreen plants look amazing right now!

    • mikey0715

      An inch and a half in Lee’s Summit and it started snowing hard at about 2. The neighborhood streets just started getting covered about 30 min ago.

  • kellyinkc

    spc.noaa.gov/products/md/md0036.html

  • Kcchamps

    IN THE NEAR TERM…COLUMN HAS QUICKLY SATURATED ACROSS WRN MO/ERN KS
    IN THE PRESENCE OF STRONG LIFT AND WEAK STATIC STABILITY. MODERATE
    TO HEAVY SNOW CONTINUES TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND WILL YIELD
    IMPRESSIVE SNOW RATES THROUGH THE BALANCE OF THE AFTERNOON. LARGE
    AREA OF SLANTWISE INSTABILITY PER EQUIVALENT POTENTIAL VORTICITY
    CROSS SECTIONS WILL PERSIST THROUGH 00Z…AND WARRANTS MENTION OF
    ISOLATED THUNDERSNOW THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE AFTERNOON.
    SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 INCH PER HOUR CAN BE EXPECTED…SEVERELY
    IMPACTING THE AFTERNOON COMMUTE.

    WARM ADVECTION WILL REMAIN FOCUSED ALONG THE MISSOURI RIVER THIS
    EVENING…WITH THE MOST PROLIFIC SNOW BAND BECOMING MORE WEST-EAST
    ORIENTED WITH TIME AS AREA BECOMES WELL ALIGNED WITH THE RIGHT
    ENTRANCE REGION TO THE DEPARTING 120 KNOT JET STREAK. MAXIMUM
    VERTICAL VELOCITIES JUXTAPOSED WITHIN THE DENDRITIC -10 TO -12C
    SWEET SPOT SHOULD LEAD TO FAIRLY IMPRESSIVE SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS
    THROUGH THE EVENING DESPITE SURFACE TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS.

    HAVE MADE NO CHANGES TO THE WARNING/ADVISORY HEADLINES…WITH A
    SOLID 6 TO 8 INCHES EXPECTED ALONG THE MISSOURI RIVER WITH LOCALLY
    HIGHER AMOUNTS CERTAINLY POSSIBLE WHERE CONVECTIVE BANDING MAY OCCUR
    THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING. SNOW WILL BEGIN TO TAPER FROM NW TO SE
    AFTER MIDNIGHT…ENDING ACROSS CENTRAL MO BY MID MORNING THURSDAY

  • Snow has transitioned in Lawrence. Started as large flakes that accumlated quickly, now much smaller and more like balls of ice.

  • Looks like a really heavy band is setting up north..

    OMG OMG OMG! :) I JUST HEARD THUNDER YAY!! North Kansas City!!!!

  • braysmama

    I measured 3/4 to one inch in Blue Springs.

  • KUweatherman

    We’ve already got between 2-3″ in Lawrence! O.O

  • ksfarmwife

    Where I live several counties south of the metro on the Kansas side this looks like it’s going to be an incredibly depressing storm for me! :( Gary’s latest map has increased my snowfall totals, but wow something is going to have to drastically change on the radar for that to happen. I hope you all enjoy your snow up there!!

  • kellyinkc

    KCI reporting snow and freezing fog? This is gonna be a good one!! What class of storm will this be rated. Snowing great in Raytown, no thunder yet.

  • weatherfanatic

    It is snowing at a ferocious rate at 75th and state line.

    • Hey bloggers,

      I just updated the blog by posting the Storm Prediction Center’s meso discussion. We are in this heavy band for a few hours with snowfall rates of around 2 inches per hour at times.

  • 1.5 inches so far here near NE Vivion and Davidson Road. Moderate snow.

  • severewxlvr

    Latest from NWS. 3:54 CST; Light to moderate snow expected through the evening with an additional 1-3 inches possible in the greater metropolitan area. Hmmm???????

  • KUweatherman

    Went outside to confirm, measured 3″ in several locations.

  • I was getting worried about seeing the snow band farther north, but looking on the upper miss. valley radar, you can see it starting to shift a bit farther south out around Topeka.

  • Good evening bloggers,

    WOW! And, guess what, the GFS has snow here Friday and Sunday. Did I say that I meant we would have 13 inches of snow twice this winter? LOL

    Gary

  • kellyinkc

    That means 1-3″ by rush hour not total. We are in the line of fire on this one!

  • Posted this on the blog yesterday evening:
    “The only thing that would make this storm even more intriguing would be if we could get some thundersnow out of it. Any chance of that?”
    Guess the answer would be “yes.”

  • kellyinkc

    Wooo!!! I was almost regretting getting a snowblower because of the lack of snow. Not now!!

  • ALTHOUGH
    RADAR IS INDICATING AN AREA OF LIGHTER ECHOS ACROSS CENTRAL
    KANSAS…THE GOING THOUGHT IS THAT IT WILL BEGIN TO FILL IN AS AN
    850 JET NOSES INTO THE AREA. INFRARED IMAGERY ALSO INDICATING THAT
    CLOUD TOPS ARE COOLING TOWARD THE WEST AND SOUTH…WHICH INDICATES
    MORE DEVELOPMENT WEST OF THE AREAS CURRENTLY RECEIVING SNOW.

  • severewxlvr

    WOW 1-3 in an hour to an hour 1/2? Impressive if that pans out and they call for an additional 2-4 overnight. Just wanted to see if anybody wanted to bite on that one. LOL

  • Jacks

    8″ of snow and you people seem to get sexually aroused or whatever it is..if you think this is a big deal, you must of not lived outside of KS/MO, which as far as I can tell is generally the case around here(especially Missouri). so if we get 8″, are they going to close schools for 2 weeks?? lol

  • R-Dub

    Looks like flurries at best to me on Friday…with these clippers it can go from 0 to 2″ pretty quick tho.

    • Think how this event looked just two/three days ago. This year’s normal quick/small clippers have been on steroids.

      • R-Dub

        Scott, that’s just not true. Two days ago was Monday afternoon and Gary was saying “We may be in the perfect spot to experience some heavy snow.”

        • It is true if you look Mon morn/Sun night, but belaboring the point at this juncture seems counter productive.

          • R-Dub

            Counter productive to what? Your ability to say things that are clearly not true? Go back and read George’s Sunday blog post. The GFS was already predicting 5″ of snow on Sunday.

  • numbers

    So the heaviest snow has shifted towards the north? Or is Johnson County still expecting 9″?

  • mwnavyvet

    About 3.25″ in South Olathe (163rd) – really coming down now…

  • snowlover71

    I am glad you are probably wrong with your total snow expected this winter Gary! ;) Let it snow!!!!

  • MHjhawk

    2.5″ at 4:00 in western Shawnee (K7 & 47th St)

  • wxwatcher

    Just measured snow in Osawatomie, and we only have 1/2″ so far, hope this picks up…was hoping for atleast 4″…but at this rate, wondering if we will even get close to that…such small flakes falling now. Darn it! :(

  • snowluvr

    We have probably a good 4 inches in Lenexa. The dogs are loving it, very icy under the fluff

  • weatherfanatic

    How much longer will all of this last like after midnight?

  • LSLinda

    1.5″ in SE Lee’s Summit

  • huskerz

    got about 2 to 2.5 here in Shawnee Kansas so far

  • Nic

    3″ in Leawood

  • Less than an inch so far in st. Jo. Snowing fairly hard but small flakes. Heaviest south I hope!

  • Jerry

    What a fantastic January it has been.

    What is the snowiest January on record for MCI?

  • mikey0715

    Hopeful that the bands redevelop. I really want a snow day tomorrow.

  • severewxlvr

    We will definitely not receive 5-8 in areas south of I-70 you can count on that, it is rapidly deteorating here in olathe and really don’t expect it to pick up again like earlier. Just look at radar & wvp loops they r not showing any redeveolpment westward. Oh well it was fun while it lasted.

  • Jerry

    Looks like the average snowfall for KMCI for January is 5.8″.

    Most for a single day is 11.8″ (1/18/62).

    Most for January 19th (today) is 2.2″ in 1962, so we’ve probably already broken the daily record.

    Still can’t find what the snowiest January total is though.

  • stjoeattorney

    4:30 a thick inch in STJ now falling S++ about an inch per hour rate last till 12:00 midnite we get 7+

  • Overbrook

    Home from work and we’ve got about 3 inches here. Snowflakes are small and coming down moderately. Highway 56 is snow packed and most folks I saw were taking it easy out there.

  • teamster83

    this storm looks likes its over i dont see how it can snow much longer you can already see the back end unless there is something i am missing

  • weatherfanatic

    Gary just said a band in emporia is going to intensify and head north and east to our area. The area he showed south and rest of here looks huge.

  • severewxlvr

    Llj will keep it north of I-70

  • Now at 3.0 inches. That’s 1.5 inches in the past hour.

  • westonhere

    Just measured again here in Weston,MO and we are up to 4in. Snowing heavily still! Going to Love the fresh powder at SNOW CREEK!

  • braysmama

    Just measured 2″ in Blue Springs. My husband just called and left work by the Paseo bridge and it took him an hour and fifteen minutes to get to Van Brunt.

  • NastyWeather

    Your crazy if you think this is over for those of us south of I-70. 15 min turned into 1 hour to get home.

  • bethhatessnow

    Almost 3 inches here at 291 and Stark.

  • R-Dub

    I don’t think it’s over south of I-70m but it sure looks to me like the heaviest amounts will be north of I-70. The area near Emporia is not that impressive to me on radar.

  • I don’t know what you are seeing. A band of much heavier snow is developing to the south and rapidly expanding as well, per EAX radar. Heavier echoes than any I’ve seen yet today and not nearly as spotty.

  • R-Dub

    That band to the south is heading northeast and looks like it will miss a lot of the metro, unless it expands west by a lot.

    • Are you watching Gary’s forecast? He seems very insistent that the snow will be from the Kansas City Metro, and farther south. 6-10″ totals still expected. And more snow on Friday, and a “fairly significant” storm showing up.

  • lillis

    took my husband 2 hours to get from 95th and Bannister to our home in Olathe (we live less than 5 min from I35) He says the highways were jammed packed with cars,like a big traffic jam all the way home.

  • severewxlvr

    Wow, let the wishcasting begin, jeez

  • Oh and by the way, Shawnee Mission, Olathe, and Blue Valley are closed tomorrow.

  • OlatheMatt

    So….looks like we will easily double the original snowfall prediction for Kansas City? Possibly triple? We still have Feb and possibly Mar to go through.

    This is kinda crazy! AANNNNDDD Possibly a snow event on Sunday?

  • Just chased 3 dogs through NKC… Bailey and Cami were playing out front.. My mom decided to let Bella and Tobi out…. Bella took off after a few minutes of playing… Cami chased her, and Tobi chased Cami! Cami is an all black Corgi/Lab mix, and she had her pink coat on… Tobi is a 4lb white with small brown spots Papillon… Talk about difficult to see! Bella came back home, but Tobi and Cami got lost… Luckily, we stopped a cop and somebody had reported them.. She was heading that way.. While we were stopped Cami came running down the street.. She jumped in the car… Tobi was not too far behind.. The police officer picked him up! :) He was really hard to see in the snow, so luckily, she was looking for him! All is well, they are back outside in the backyard playing for a few minutes….

  • weatherfanatic

    Welk I would trust what Gary is saying.

  • R-Dub

    LOL no, we will not “easily double” the snowfall forecast. For all we know, after this week it may not snow another 6″ total all season.

    • OlatheMatt

      Ok well the forecast was for 13 inches, how many were recorded the other week, then tonight, then we may get an inch or so friday, then sunday we have an event of snow forming. Then the whole month of Feb and maybe a possible March surprise and you are saying we will not easily double 13 total inches of snow? That doesnt make sense.

      • R-Dub

        Matt, we only got 2″ of snow in December…so maybe Feb gives us little or nothing?

        • OlatheMatt

          Yeah you never know…but wo expected this storm last month? I think this has caught people by surprise….its a surprise.

          So we get 10 inches from this event, how many inches were from that last snow storm? 6-8inches right? Another inch Friday per Gary, and Gary also said there could be a snow event Sunday but we need to wait to see more data.

  • dpollard

    2.2″ in Blue Springs at 5:30. Started at around 2:45 so just under 1″ and hour.

  • spaceotter

    At college Just east of renner. Have travelled maybe a mile in the last hour and a half. :( My hey went out last week. I’m cold.

  • braysmama

    Blue Springs schools called off tomorrow, no surprise.

  • kellyinkc

    2.5″ of snow in Raytown at 1740. Still snowing. Starting to wonder if the 10″ will a happen. Hope so!!

  • OlatheMatt

    Im not going ANYWHERE! I have just put some new logs on the fire and its great!

  • Just under 4″ in Piper, KS (western KCK)

  • braysmama

    Geez, what is normally a 20 minute drive for my husband has now turned into at least 2 hours, he still isn’t home!

  • mowermike

    4.1 inches on the westside of Liberty, moderate snow right now. 3/4 of a inch per hour I would guess.

  • weatherjaded

    3.5 in Grandview west of 71 south of Main. Snowing very heavily.

  • kellyinkc

    Interesting, the small animal station said it would be done by 1900 if I heard right??? Total of 4-7″ from them.

    The radar from the NWS says other wise.

  • stjoeattorney

    WELL LOOK AT OMAHA RADAR THAT IS SLIDING SOUTHEAST AND IT IS GREEN THAT IS WHAT WILL GET ME AND KEEP ME IN SNOW UNTIL ONE OR TWO AM.

  • Bryan

    Measured 4 inches here in extreme western Wyandotte County.

    Bryan

  • craigmac

    Are there going to be more bands formed between Wichita and Parsons?

    Wondering how it will keep snowing all night unless the Low keeps rotating the storm over us.

  • Lenexa Lenny

    … finish shoving the drive for the FIRST time … approximately 3.75 in Lenexa, appears to easily be falling at 1″ an hour … very fine, almost the consistency of sand… the broom easily clears the steps …

  • Brett Budach

    I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but I live just two miles north of Johnson County Executive, and we have had a mix of graupel and tiny snowflakes since 3:30. The radar echoes for down here do not look impressive, and the redevelopment doesn’t seem to be favoring us much. I would say we have roughly 3.5″-4″, but I can’t see us getting more than 6″ with the current radar trends. No real complaints, since I don’t have to go to school tomorrow! :)

    I will say I am completely jealous of those of you up north who are going to get near a foot!

  • brandon

    Not much snow yet in Maryville but is blowing around with north wind and my car said it was 8 degrees

  • Now at 4.1 inches here in the Northland near NE Vivion and Davidson.

  • mikey0715

    Just over 3in here in Lee’s Summit

  • Kole Christian

    4 1/2 inches here just west of 45hwy and 435 loop.

  • weatherfanatic

    Jeff,

    How much more snow can we expect from this area of snow you were describing?

  • wxwatcher

    Are they still thinking 5-7 for Osawatomie area…because I just measured and unless I’m doing something wrong…we only have 1.25 inches.

  • severewxlvr

    Wasn’t talking about Gary Skylar

  • weatherlover

    In west Wyandotte, we have 4.3 inches

  • backwoods4ever

    Way down here in Lebanon we had a pretty good snow shower about 3:45. About 1/4″. Ron Hearst, our met in Springfield says we may get 2 to 4 inches. But I see Gary has put us in the 3 to 6 inch range in Laclede County north of I-44. We only got 1-1/2″ out of last system so maybe we can get a good one this time. My wife is in Blue Springs visiting our daughter says its snowing pretty good.

  • 6:18 pm here in Raytown and already have over 3.5 inches of snow.

  • mamaof3girls

    We are at 2 inches. It has slowed. I sure hope we get more…:)
    So far school has not been cancelled yet.
    Monica
    Pleasanton, KS

  • numbers

    Very disappointed of our current snow totals in JoCo… We got jipped!

  • sportsfreaked

    It looks as though it will only snow for another 3-4 hours. Gary kind of backed off another 10 hours of snow like he said at 5. Will the snow end by 11 pm? I think it may at least in the metro.

    Ed

  • Jerry

    Where’s the snow vest???

  • R-Dub

    Gary was just on the air and pointed out that the snow is lighter on the south and west sides…any more heavy snow that JoCo gets will probably come from the north as the whole system sags south…meanwhile areas north and east are getting 1-2″ per hour…

  • yewtrees

    It appears that snow will be tapering off by midnight or earlier than expected.

  • brandon

    Gary,
    What is that band of snow in Central Neb. going to do? It looks like it getting bigger.

  • weatherlover624

    Just shy of 5″ at I29 and 64th St.

  • Weatherfreak01

    Lee’s Summit schools just called off school tomorrow.

  • We just passed 4 inches in Buckner, MO…It’s been snowing near 1 inch/hour the last 2 hours

  • R-Dub

    Haven’t gone out to measure but we’ve gotten a decent dumping here near downtown OP. From the radar it looks like northeast JoCo has gotten a lot more than other parts of the county.

  • kcjc

    4 1/4 Inches in Parkville, Missouri.

  • snowluvr

    I bet we have at least 5 here in Lenexa still coming down very fine. easy to sweep off

  • chiefs

    Gary-
    whats the recorded number of comments and hits youve had? have we passed that today?

  • The entire axis is shifting more E/W and will slide through the city. The LLJ nose is progged right up the state line with the axis just south of downtown per the HRRR. Heavier rates of snow will be oriented along this axis as the storm continues to shift and slide through the city. The RUC largely matches with even light snow continuing through 9z. RUC 850mb theta-e maintains a favorable mid level fetch through about 3z.

    • bewild79

      wow…can you explain? lol

      • Snow will continue to form to the west and track due eastward for a bit.

      • There are generally several factors involved in each storm. This one brought together great lift ahead of a nearing shortwave and warm air advection. The storm is shifting right now and based on the short range high resolution models, it appears that the nose of the “mid level moisture” will be feeding this area with higher moisture bringing higher snow fall rates as the entire storm shifts eastward. Here is a graphic to help describe it.

        “http://rapidrefresh.noaa.gov/hrrrconus/from_jet/hrrr/t5/2011011922/1hsnw_t5sfc_f03.png”

        This is for 10PM showing still decent rate potential. But in the end, this model is just a guide. Ultimately, there will be a somewhat uneven distribution from this storm based on how it formed and how it is still morphing.

        The point is that radar trends are valuable, but not everything as redevelopment is possible still so long as we have a favorable pitch of mid level moisture.

  • craigmac

    Looks like the heaviest snow amounts will be East of KC.

  • sportsfreaked

    I think we can safely say that the winter forecast was a bust as far as snow goes. I for one do not mind it was a bust. I think it takes a lot of gutso to put out a winter forecast anyway. Hard enough to forecast 2 days out much less 3 months out. Better luck next year mate.

    Ed

  • weatherfanatic

    Does that mean more heavy snow tonight?

  • suzieq1622

    At 6:45pm right at 4″ here in Southern KCK, right at the border of KCK and Shawnee.

  • weatherfly

    4 inches here now in S. OP

  • mowermike

    5.3 inches on the Westside of Liberty. Still moderate snow.

  • Kcchamps

    scott, could you please explain your above statement??

  • 5.0 inches near NE Vivion and Davidson Road in KC North.

  • R-Dub

    Gary: when do you need snow totals for tonight’s broadcasts?

  • mikey0715

    4.0in in Lee’s Summit with still moderate snow

  • k10k7

    I am sitting in New Jersey this evening, can someone go to the A – terminal parking lot tomorrow and dig out my car!!!

  • triplet_ma

    Snow is still falling in Eudora. Looks like about 6″ on the ground. Thanks for putting snowmen and sledding into the report tonight!

  • Bryan

    Just shy of 5 inches here in western Wyandotte County.

    Bryan

  • windyinmarshallmo

    we have about 4 inches here.

  • Lenexa Lenny

    …. extremely fine snow, only about 1.5 inches since 4:00PM, total at 4.5″ in Lenexa … slacking off a little?

  • dpollard

    4.0 inches in Blue Springs at 7:20.

  • Farmgirl

    3 inches so far in La Cygne.

    Ugh Gary, more snow on Friday and Sunday. All this snow is costing me a small fortune in hay. :(

  • Kcchamps

    4″ here in Independnece, almost 4.25″ hoping to double that!!

  • f00dl3

    Looks like the LRC has acted a bit differently than expected this year. Another moderate snow early next week?

    • IMO – I think the pattern is still chugging along, but I am of the belief that the AO again is providing challenges that was not fully expected early in the season. It reeked havoc last year for many, and I know I personally wasn’t expecting a repeat of similar negative behavior. Recent lrcweather.com blogs touch on this focus.

  • OlatheMatt

    3.75 inches just measured 5 min ago with my yardstick 129th and I-35 in Olathe.

  • craigmac

    Is the band in Southern Nebraska going to hit the metro? Looks like it could.

  • Elembytes

    Gary:

    Between 5 and 6 p.m. N.W. of Louisburg KS we were getting mainly sleet more than snow. At that time we had 3.5 to 4.0 inches of snow.

    Also, what are you basing the 50% chance of snow on Friday??? Also on Sunday?

    The NWS has NO precip chances on Friday and on Sunday so am curious what or how you are coming to that conclusion.

    Thanks!

  • Adogg

    As of 7:30, 3.25 inches here in Drexel.

  • weatherfreaker

    At least 4.5-5 inches in Lee’s Summit! It is coming down VERY hard right now!!! LOVE IT!!!

  • Even though the heaviest bands seem to be setting up farther north, the NWS has actually increaed the possible snow accumulations from earlier this evening of 3-5″, to now 3-7″. That band sagging in is growing just a bit to the north, and it looks like it is slowing down as it enters Johnson County! I would have thought that there is no way we could get up to 11″ like Gary forecast, but after looking at the radar and the snow depth which has been increasing very sneakily, maybe it’s not so far fetched.

  • MHjhawk

    6″ at K7 and 47th in western Shawnee! Still snowing pretty good!

  • weatherfanatic

    I am guessing Friday does not show a whole lot.

  • huskerz

    6 inches in shawnee kansas now. Looks like the storm is rotating through on the radar, snow is increasing to the northwest and some of the snow over johnson county has drifted north looks like another 2 to 4 at least possibly more.THe storm is backing up a bit for now.

  • backwoods4ever

    1/4 to 1/2 inch 8 mi west of Lebanon. Hopefully in the late morning Thurs I can report at least 6″. We will be getting ours from the panhandle of TX plus whatever sags south.

  • We have a lot in Liberty, and it’s still coming down very heavy. Much more than last week already a couple of hours ago, as reported by husband who was scooping.