Utility crews are still working to restore power this afternoon across much of the metro area.
Kansas City Power & Light said 80,000 homes and business remained without power across its service area, which includes much of the metro area, including Blue Springs and Grain Valley. That’s down from a peak of 110,000 customers. KCP&L is getting help from other utilities and said crews – more than 1,000 linemen, tree trimmers and others – would work around the clock at least into Tuesday.
Independence Power & Light said 158 customers remained without power as of early this afternoon.
The storm that rolled in Friday – named Winter Storm Gia by the National Weather Service – left the heaviest snow in years in places. The Weather Service put Jackson County in a band that got 8 inches to a foot. The agency notes that the snow was particularly wet and heavy. An inch of precipitation translated to 5 to 8 inches of snow.
Officially at Kansas City International Airport, snowfall Friday and Saturday was 4.3 inches. That gives the area – again, officially – 12.6 inches so far this winter, 4.7 inches above average at this point of the season.
Temperatures are expected to rise slowly. Today’s forecast high is 31, then 35 Monday and 44 Tuesday. It gets colder – with a chance of snow – heading into next weekend.