FOX 4 Live Blog: Keeping up with the winter storm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We’ll be tracking developments as snow begins and how it affects your morning commute onto the afternoon when snow is expected to get heavier. Check this live blog for information from our meteorologists and web team as we provide comprehensive coverage for our most significant winter storm to date in 2014.
Official KCI storm total snowfall at 6AM… 9.2 inches!
Good Morning! Light snow continues to push east as this winter storm slowly comes to an end. Impressive snow totals have come out of this system, with many viewers seeing between 8-10 inches! Officially at KCI, we set a new daily record for snowfall yesterday… 7.5″ fell, just barely edging out the old record of 7.4″ from 1924!
I have major concerns about the potential low temperatures on THU AM…snow cover + light winds + clear skies are a recipe for near record cold in KC. I’ve updated the blog with some additional information
Plattsburg checked in with 10″
5 and 3/4″ here on Signal Hill…Smithville, MO 8″…Trenton 6.5″…3 mi E Lees Summit 6″…Bethany: 5″…Lawrence, KS 9.3″…Wamego: 12″…Holton: 10″
Final update for now on KCI…3 flights already cancelled tomorrow AM…more possible if planes don’t come in later tonight and miss turnaround for tomorrow AM.
RE: previous surface map image…notice the single digit temperatures from the I-80 corridor northwards…bitterly cold air! ^JL
Monica Evans is going to mention an Olathe program called the Snow Brigade when she comes on air again. It’s a volunteer program where people can help the elderly with snow removal in their driveways and sidewalks. Here’s a link to the application: http://www.olatheks.org/files/rec/Assistance%20Application.pdf
Mayor Sly James, KCMO, is asking employers to stagger their start times on Wednesday morning so that not everyone is on the roadways at the same time.
Here’s his proposal:
Businesses south of 63rd Street start at 8 a.m. Businesses in the center of the city from 63rd Street to the river start at 9 a.m. Businesses north of the river, start at 10 a.m.
Many don’t realize all the time and technology it takes to monitor the roads during severe winter weather. On Tuesday, FOX 4’s John Pepitone gave us a little insight on the KDOT and MODOT Scout monitoring systems and those who watch the hundreds of cameras in an effort to keep roads safer.
Tuesday was a great day to stay home and order pizza, but
that means no Snow Day for delivery drivers. FOX 4’s Matt Hensley spent part of
his day riding along with a driver from Sarpino’s.
The city of Overland Park says on Twitter that crews have finished round 1 on its principal roads and will go back over them as snow keeps falling. Check out this short video they produced from the perspective of a snow plow driver:
The dry slot that was moving towards KC is actually starting to slide off towards the ESE of most of the Metro…snow (moderate at times is now moving back into the region and I’m expecting an additional 2-4″ on top of what you already may have on the ground IF you live from KC northwestwards. ^JL
From our photog David (@DavidFox4KC on Twitter) showing 5 hours of snow falling on the Plaza in only 22 seconds.
As of 3:30 PM accumulations through the region seem to be running a solid 3.5″ to close to 7″ in spots…starting to see a lot of 4-6″ers coming into the wx center…snowfall rates dropping briefly in some areas will be picking back up again over the next few hours…still expecting upwards of 9″ in parts of the area…especially for those who have had 5-6″ already. ^JL
Meanwhile in Leavenworth, KS…they’re up to 7″
Here are the top snowfalls for this date going back to the 1880s…I don’t think the record will be broken at KCI for today’s date right now…
From KCMO: During this extreme cold and snowy weather, the City of Kansas
City, Mo., reminds residents to take precautions to protect their pet animals.
The City’s Animal Control staff will impound pets found outside and issue
citations to their owners. Residents may report pet animals left outdoors by
calling the City’s 311 Call Center at 311 (or 816-513-1313) from 7 a.m. to 7
p.m. Call the non-emergency police at 816-234-5111 to report pet animals left
Legends Outlets Kansas City will close at 2:00 p.m. today, February
4, 2014, due to the inclement weather. Retailers and restaurants may stay open
at the discretion of each individual retailer or restaurant.
This picture was sent to us by Terri Evans through our FOX 4 KC app. Thanks Terri!
Description: Good deed caught–nice guy pulling the UPS truck up a hill. Just missed catching the driver giving an appreciative hug. More brown, less white please!
Shift Change in the weather department! Karli and I will be back early tomorrow morning… Mike and Joe have you covered for the rest of the day!
Live look at road conditions here: http://link.fox4kc.com/1n8KVVI
Kansas City Mayor Sly James said there are no major issues on the roads right now. He said crews will be out for the next 12 hours clearing streets.
Here’s a current look outside our front door. It’s cold and windy out there!
Fox 4 Warn Radar update… Heavier snow band moving north towards KC…snowfall rates/intensity picking up within the hour.
Thanks, Jason Hughey for this photo you sent in through our fox 4 kc app! Download the app today to share your own snow photo with us. Or– upload it directly to our photo gallery on fox4kc.com. http://link.fox4kc.com/1ih88nz
“We will be enforcing all of our snow policies,” said Troy Schulte, KCMO City Manager. “Cars that are blocking access will be ticketed and towed.”
If you must park on the street, park on the WEST side if it’s a north/south street. Park on the NORTH side if it’s a street that runs east/west.
Would you like to track the progress of the city’s snow plows? Links here: http://fox4kc.com/2014/02/03/kc-prepares-snow-plows-for-impending-storm/
Here is an updated forecast from Karli Ritter!
Have you downloaded the FOX 4 app yet?– Today’s the day! Just search ‘fox 4 kc’ in your app store. Then, as the snow grows taller, send up your most excellent pictures through our app. It’s quite easy. Just look for the asterisk * in the top right corner and then choose Submit Photo or Video.
We are expecting 6-10″ of snow here for the KC Metro… Will we crack the top 5? We will just have to wait and see.
Top 5 Daily February Max Snows for KC:
With a significant amount of snowfall on the way to KC… you may be asking how rare are these big snow events? Well… since record keeping began in 1888 here in Kansas City, only 3.6% of events had 6″ or more of snow!
Here is an updated forecast from Karli Ritter!
Snow reports starting to come in… light snow starting to reach the surface in Garnett, KS. Let us know what you are seeing! Send tweets to @MBogowith and @KarliRitter
The latest forecast from Mike Thompson as seen at 10 p.m. on Monday night: