Kansas City may get colder, near average snowfall this Winter

La Niña may bring KC a more typical Winter

Jim Cunningham
November 15, 2017 - 4:05 am

Kansas City, MO - After a few mild winters in a row, some meteorologists are predicting a typical winter for the Kansas City Metro.

Forecasters gathered around a table for a winter weather seminar at the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, to focus on the Pacific Ocean and La Niña, a phenomenon of cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropics.

Meteorologist Jimmy Barham said La Niña could result in colder temperatures and slightly dryer conditions than average for the KC Metro.

"I would say we're probably looking at slightly below average precipitation, maybe 15- to 20-inch range possible," Barham said.

But that's certainly more than in the past two years.

Snowfall amount for the past few years for Kansas City, measured at KCI (in inches):

  • 2016 - 5.7
  • 2015 - 13.6
  • 2014 - 23.5
  • 2013 - 33.8

The average is 19 inches of snow for a season.

One never knows when the big one is going to strike, says Steve Hamilton, KMBZ meterorologist. He pointed out 20.5 inches of snow fell in one day on March 23, 1912.

Regardless of what happens, forecasters say it is a good idea to be prepared for the worst.

"Carrying emergency equipment in your car, things like that," said Hamilton. "Extra blankets, extra food, extra water."

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