Another winter storm taking aim at KC could snarl Friday morning's commute

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KMBZ News Staff
January 16, 2020 - 7:59 am

National Weather Service


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Multiple school districts called off classes for Friday after learning about probable icy driving conditions for the morning commute. 

Snow was forecast to start around midnight Friday, and just as rush hour is getting started, up to a half inch of sleet could be dumped across the metro.


The sleet will then transition over to freezing rain, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Jimmy Barham. 

"We're going to be staying pretty dry until after midnight tonight," Barham told KMBZ. "After midnight, we're going to start seeing snow move into the area from the southwest."

We could be looking at as much as two-tenths of an inch of ice across the area by noon Friday, on top of all the sleet and snow already on the ground.

"The ice will continue pretty much through noon, then we will see a transition to just regular, liquid rain," Barham said. 

Ice isn't not the only potential hazard, either. Forecasters say flooding is possible in low-lying, flood-prone areas. 

"With the snow and ice and rain on top of it, that will saturate the soil," Barham explained. "So we are anticipating some minor flooding.

Barham added that if you don't have to get out Friday, your best bet would be to just stay home. If you do find yourself out on icy roads, be careful, slow down and you'll get where you're going, even if you're a little late. 

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