• Winter storm watch posted: 6 to 10 inches of snow, most of it Monday

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  • Another winter storm rolling into the area late Sunday could dump almost as much snow as the area got Thursday. The rain and snow could start after midnight Sunday and last through Wednesday. Six to 10 inches – maybe more in places – is expected.
    The National Weather Service this afternoon posted a winter storm watch for the metro area. Altogether, a large part of the country – eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle east and north to include most of Kansas and Oklahoma and about one-third of Missouri – is under a winter storm watch. The area in Missouri runs from St. Joseph south to Butler and across the state to Hannibal, taking in the metro area plus cities such as Columbia, Sedalia, Kirksville and Trenton. Locally, the storm watch runs from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.
    The snow could begin Monday morning, and the heaviest of it is expected Monday afternoon into Tuesday. “Confidence in increasing in another strong winter storm,” the agency says in the storm watch posted at mid-afternoon Saturday. The exact areas of the heaviest snow remain unclear, but the Weather Service says 6 to 10 inches with locally higher amounts is likely. High winds combined with the snow could make driving hazardous.
    Residents are advised to keep an eye on the forecast as things develop.
    It’ll be cold tonight, with a low of 11. There could be patchy fog from midnight to 9 a.m. Mostly sunny Sunday with a high of 35.
    Then it starts: a 20 percent chance of rain and snow after midnight Sunday, low around 28 and an east wind of 8 to 10 mph. On Monday, the chance of precipitation is 70 percent – rain and snow in the morning, then just snow. Accumulation is expected to be 1 to 2 inches. High of 33, east-northeast wind of 10 to 17 mph.
    The heavy snow comes Monday night, with a 90 percent chance of precipitation and possible accumulation of 4 to 8 inches. Low of 28, but the wind of the east-northeast will kick up to 17 to 20 mph. That could limit visibility, push snow onto roadways and make driving hazardous.
    Then the snow could linger. There’s a 50 percent chance of precipitation Tuesday and a 30 percent chance Wednesday, though forecasters so far aren’t saying how much is expected. Highs both days in the low 30s.
    National Weather Service, Pleasant Hill: www.weather.gov/kc
    Traveler Information Map: http://maps.modot.mo.gov/timi/
    Prepare Metro KC: www.preparemetrokc.org/
    The Weather Service advises keeping close tabs on the weather as the storm nears, and the American Red Cross has many general suggestions for winter-weather readiness. Those include keeping your vehicle full of gas to keep the fuel line from freezing.
    Page 2 of 2 - Also, have a few supplies set aside in an easy-to-get-to place, including:
    • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery.
    • Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
    • At least a three-day supply of water – one gallon per person per day.
    • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food.
    • Flashlights with fresh batteries, plus extra batteries.
    • Baby supplies: bottles, formula, baby food, diapers.
    • Pet supplies: Collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl.
    • A cell phone with a charger.
    • A battery-powered or hand-crank radio. Get a NOAA Weather Radio, if possible.
    • Sanitation and personal hygiene items; a good first-aid; the medical items your family needs such as hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.; and a seven-day supplies of medications.
    • Tools and supplies for securing your home. Get a good multi-purpose tool.
    • Family and emergency contact information, plus copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies).

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