Near Blizzard/Blizzard Conditions For Region

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8:30 AM Update: Snow is winding down now on the KS side...for the most part we're looking at a solid 1-3" event with some getting a bit more than that. Those on the MO side (east of the metro) will continue to see moderate to heavy snow for the next couple of hours. The winds however will not drop off and will continue to gust to 40-50 MPH for the remainder of the AM hours. This will lead to lots of blowing/drifting snow in the region that will continue through this afternoon. Travel per some of the county emergency managers across N MO is discouraged due to the dangerous conditions. Commute times are still in the neighborhood of 90 minutes+ for some of the main arteries so IF you absolutely have to get to work, you may want to wait till this afternoon.

7AM Update...widespread 2-3+ reports coming in with one report of close to 6" in St Joseph, MO. Snow will continue for the next few hours with an additional 1-3" possible on top of what you may already have.

More than 40,000 customers are without power as I type this and not including some of the companies I haven't looked at yet numbers could be closer to 50,000.

Feel free to add your snow totals in the comments section or on the FB page.

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We've seen visibilities down to 1/4 mile or less at various times for the last hour (4-5 AM) and with moderate to at times heavy snow and winds gusting to almost 45  50 MPH conditions will continue to worsen for the next 3 hours or so.

Rush hour will NOT BE GOOD! If you can delay travel till this afternoon through most of the region as road crews will have their hands full from now through lunch as they fight the falling snow and the drifting snow. While the total amounts shouldn't be overwhelming, the timing and the wind will contribute to a terrible morning for getting around the area.

The good news is that the back edge of the accumulating snow is towards the west of Topeka, so the time frame of the falling snow is what I thought would happen yesterday. The snow should wind down towards mid to late morning but by then some 2-3" will have fallen. I've already received about 1" of snow at my house as of 5:15 AM with heavy snow in progress.

To track the back end of the snow for the next couple of hours...here is a look at the NWS radar from Topeka.

Once we get into the lighter blues, that's when the accumulating snow will end. The green colors represent moderate snow at times. Here is another view from the NWS in Pleasant Hill.

The radar echoes will slowly pivot away from the area...I wouldn't be shocked if some get an isolated 5+" total out of this before things wind down. Cameron is up to 1" of snow.

All sorts of advisories are out with Blizzard Warnings up across N MO.and Winter Weather Advisories for the KC region.

More as the morning goes along.

My lights have been flickering here in Olathe...just grabbed this map off of the KCP&L website...a rough day ahead for sure.

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Joe

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