The National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill has posted a winter storm watch from late Thursday through Friday afternoon. The metro area and beyond can expect a wintry mix starting Thursday evening, making the roads slippery.
The area under watch is most of northern Missouri and a few counties on the eastern edge of Kansas – from Ottawa, Kan., north to Rock Port, Mo., east to Kirksville, Columbia and Jefferson City.
This looks much like last weekend’s storm, with a mixture of rain, ice and snow.
During the winter, authorities advise having a few items collected in your car and around the house in case an emergency arises.
This is what the Weather Service posted at mid-afternoon:
Winter Storm Expected Thursday Night - Friday: A mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain will overspread the region from south to north as a strong storm system approaches the region. This will impact the Friday morning commute across the Kansas City area as snow transitions to sleet, freezing rain, and then to rain by the early afternoon. Further north, cold air will linger longer into the day and the transition to rain will occur much later in the day.
WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON...
WHAT – Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch possible. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
WHERE – Portions of east central and northeast Kansas and northwest and west central Missouri.
WHEN – From late Thursday night through Friday afternoon.
IMPACTS – Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS – The wintry mix will transition to all rain by the early afternoon, ending any additional snow or ice accumulations.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS – Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.
Ready for the road
Officials advise people to stay off the roads in hazardous conditions. Even so, the Weather Service says, it’s a good idea to have your vehicle winterized and to carry a kit with:
• Mobile phone, charger, batteries.
• Windshield scraper and brush.
• Battery booster cables.
• Blankets/sleeping bags
• Flashlight with extra batteries.
• First-aid kit.
• High-calorie, non-perishable food.
• Extra clothing to keep dry.
• Large empty can to use as emergency toilet, tissues, toilet paper and paper towels.
• Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water.
• Sack of sand or cat litter for traction.
• Tool kit.
• Tow rope.
• Water container.
• Candle and matches to provide light and in an emergency, lifesaving heat.
• Compass and road maps. Don't depend on mobile devices with limited battery life.
Ready at home
The Weather Service advises having these things at home to ride out problems that arise with a winter storm, such as losing power:
• Flashlight and extra batteries.
• Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio.
• Extra food and water such as dried fruit, nuts, granola bars and other food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.
• Extra prescription medicine.
• Baby items such as diapers and formula.
• First-aid supplies.
• Heating fuel. Refuel before you are empty; fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm.
• Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove or space heater properly ventilated to prevent a fire
• Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm. Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they work properly
• Extra pet food and warm shelter for pets
Also, review generator safety: Never run a generator in an enclosed space
Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working correctly and that the outside vent is clear of leaves and debris. During or after the storm, make sure it is cleared of snow.
Home fires are common each winter when trying to stay warm. Review ways to keep your home and loved ones safe.