Kansas and Missouri are bracing for a winter storm that is expected to dump several inches of snow across the two states.
KCTV5 meteorologist Gary Amble says Tuesday will start out with only light snow as the sun rises, but that will quickly change with heavy bands of snow falling from mid-morning until late afternoon.
"At times, visibility may be reduced to less than 100 feet. The rate of snow will be so heavy at times that road crews will not be able to keep up, resulting in very poor travel conditions," Amble said.
Amble advises it would be a wise plan to stay home all day Tuesday.
The snowfall is expected to spread across most of Missouri, except the southeast corner of the state, by early Wednesday afternoon.
Forecasts call for the western third of Kansas to get 2 to 4 inches of snow. The state's heaviest accumulations are predicted in the northeast, where 8 to 10 inches is possible.
In Missouri, widespread 6- to 8-inch amounts are anticipated across the northern part of the state. Far south-central and southwest Missouri are expected to get no more than 3 inches of snow.
"There is still a little wiggle room for a slight shift in where the heavy snow will fall. As the event unfolds some bands will be heavier than others, as the conveyor belt of moisture works into this vigorous snow-making machine," Amble said.
When this happens, Able says the weather team will go into "nowcasting" mode where snow prediction follows the bands of heaviest precipitation leading to pinpoint accuracy on snow totals.
As the snowfall tapers off from Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph are possible over most of Kansas and northern Missouri. By Thursday morning, temperatures are expected to drop to 10 to 15 degrees below zero along the Iowa border, with wind chills as low as negative 25 degrees possible.
Schools across the Kansas City area were already closed on Monday after last week's storm laid a sheet of ice that hasn't melted.
Winter weather already caused problems in southeast Missouri Sunday night. One to 3 inches of snow fell in the Cape Girardeau area. A Missouri Department of Transportation truck turned over on icy U.S. 61 at New Hamburg, the Southeast Missourian reported. No one was hurt.
It was among several accidents reported in the region Sunday night. Most were fender-benders and slide-offs. Concerns about ice-covered roadways persisted into Monday in southeast Missouri.
"Get your shoveling out of the way early and rest up," Amble said.
Another storm system is expected to hit Friday night and continue into Saturday, producing more snowfall across Kansas and Missouri.
Stay with KCTV5 News throughout the day for the most accurate snow forecast possible.
Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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