• It's official: Winter storm warning is up, 6 to 10 inches of snow, sleet expected

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  • The metro area, along with most of Missouri and Kansas, is under a winter weather warning in advance of a storm that’s expected to bring six to 10 inches of snow starting late tonight.
    Driving on Thursday is expected to be hazardous, and many community events have already been canceled.
    The winter storm warning, posted by the National Weather Service, is in effect from midnight tonight to midnight Thursday.
    The storm is rolling in from the southwest, and here’s what forecasters expect:
    It’s going to be cold and cloudy today. High near 30, wind out of the east at 8 to 10 mph. Overnight, heading for a low of 23, the snow starts, mainly after 4 a.m. The chance of snow is 80 percent, but overnight accumulation is only expected to be half an inch. The wind, still out of the east, will pick up to 11 to 17 mph and could gust to 26 mph.
    Conditions deteriorate Thursday, as sleet mixes in with the snow. That goes until about 2 p.m., then snow and possibly freezing drizzle from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent. The daytime snow and sleet will be heavy – four to eight inches possible. The high is 27, and the east wind is 15 to 22 mph, gusting to 30 mph. The chance of precipitation in the evening is 60 percent, with a low of 19 and continued east winds. Less than an inch of new snow is expected Thursday night.
    On Friday, it’s over. The wind shifts around the west, it’ll be partly sunny, and the high is expected to be 28. Friday and Saturday are cold, but Sunday’s high is in the mid-40s – preceding a chance of rain that night.
    This storm is coming out of the southern Rockies and is headed for the upper Midwest and the Great Lakes. Regionally, the heaviest snow is expected north of a line from Atchison, Kan., to Kirksville, Mo. The heaviest accumulations of ice are expected south of a line from Mound City, Kan., to Clinton, Mo., to Sedalia to Boonville.
    National Weather Service, Pleasant Hill: www.weather.gov/kc
    Traveler Information Map: http://maps.modot.mo.gov/timi/
    KC Scout: www.kcscout.com/

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