The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Kansas City area.
The advisory lasts until 1 p.m. Friday.
No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. The area saw SNOWFLAKES on May 2 and the longest winter seemingly ever continued with snow lasting throughout the morning. And yes, the calendar says today is May 3 not March 3.
Some wrecks were reported on slick roads, but no major problems occurred. Some areas saw up to 3 inches of snow, including more than two inches in the Lee's Summit area. The snow has pushed off to the east. Rain chances continue throughout Friday.
KCTV5 meteorologist Hallie Shulman is calling for a trace of snow to up to 4 inches of snow in the area. Shulman said the snow would stick on grassy surfaces, but likely not roads.
She said the snow isn't likely to stick on area roads and highways, but some slick spots are likely so motorists should use caution.
Thursday's cold rain will transition to a snow/sleet mix by Thursday evening, Shulman said.
"As we head into the late evening and overnight, the sleet/rain/snow mixture should change to a wet snow with occasional sleet," she said.
Temperatures will stay in the low to mid-30s overnight with northerly winds at 10 to 20 mph resulting in colder wind chills.
Area public works agencies are scrambling to deal with unprecedented snow in May.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has been working all day in preparation.
Workers have been putting plows back on 160 of their trucks, which is 80 percent of their fleet.
"Normally, these trucks don't have all these snowplows and spreaders and everything on them. That equipment had been put away, basically, for our spring and summer and fall. So, we had to get them all re-equipped out and started back in again today," Wess Murray, of MODOT, said.
While the trucks are going to be ready, the streets will not be. With all the truck preparation, crews have not had time to pre-treat the highways with salt or even get salt into the trucks.
Crews are going to be working 24-hour shifts and are keeping a close eye on bridges and elevated areas where slick spots develop first. By comparison, workers saw just 12-hour shifts during February's major winter storms.
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The good news is the threat of snow will end Friday afternoon, leaving us with a cold rain for Saturday.
Temperatures will climb over the weekend with a high in the mid to upper 40s on Saturday.
"Isolated rain will be possible Sunday with mostly cloudy skies and warmer temperatures," Shulman said.
The best news?
"It will be much warmer to start the workweek with temperatures returning to the mid-70s by midweek," Schulman concluded.
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