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Examiner
  • Heavy snow expected to start late today; Tuesday commute "impossible"

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  • The forecast has shifted a bit, but the metro is still looking at around 10 inches of snow, possibly more, tonight through Tuesday. The heaviest band of snow is now expexted to be south and east of metro area, according to the National Weather Service.
    A winter storm warning takes effect at 3 p.m. today and lasts until 3 p.m. Tuesday. High winds are expexted, creating whiteout conditions. Residents are advised to stay off the road when the storm gets going.
    “Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous,” the Weather Service says in its winter storm warning posted this morning. “Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”
    “Travel will be very hazardous or impossible ... especially during the morning commute on Tuesday,” the Weather Service says.
    The entire warning is at http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=MOZ037&warncounty=MOC095&firewxzone=MOZ037&local_place1=&product1=Winter+Storm+Warning
    Here’s the forecast: 60 percent chance of rain and snow today, mainly after 3 p.m. High near 38. Wind out of the northeast at 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.
    Tonight the storm picks up strength. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent, and snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches is expected. The 20 to 24 mph wind out of the north-northeast will gust up to 33 mph. Low of 29.
    Tuesday’s heaviest snow is in the morning, with another 2 to 4 inches possible. High near 32, still very windy. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. The chance of snow lingers as 50 percent Tuesday night and 40 percent though noon Wednesday.
    “Travel will be very hazardous or impossible ... especially during the morning commute on Tuesday,” the Weather Service says in its winter storm warning.
    National Weather Service, Pleasant Hill: www.weather.gov/kc
    Traveler Information Map: http://maps.modot.mo.gov/timi/
    Prepare Metro KC: www.preparemetrokc.org/
     

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