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A stuffed panda in northern Kansas City faced the wintry weather alone as two to four inches of snow blanketed the Kansas City area Saturday morning, Jan. 15, 2022.

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People should prepare to hide at home later in the week as The brewing winter snowstorm threatens to cover the Kansas City area with several inches of snowaccording to the latest briefing from the National Weather Service in Kansas City.

“The main message we want people to know is that dangerous travel is expected in much of Missouri and eastern and southeastern Kansas, so travel will be discouraged on Wednesday and likely most of the Thursday as well,” said Sarah Atkins, a meteorologist for the Kansas City National Weather Service. “Stay home if you can.”

People should also make sure they have what they need at home, including food, water and blankets.

“We don’t anticipate widespread power outages at this time, but it’s always good to be prepared for them,” she said.

The Weather Service expects “impacting” amounts of snow across much of Missouri and eastern and southeastern Kansas.

A winter storm watch is in effect Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon for the majority of the Kansas City area. Total snowfall of 6 to 14 inches of snow is possible, making travel very difficult to impossible, depending on the watch. The heaviest snow is expected in central and eastern Missouri.

In the Kansas City area, snowfall totals are expected to vary widely, where a steep gradient between lower and upper snowfall amounts is expected to take place in the metro.

Between six and eight inches of snow is expected, with some areas receiving up to 10 inches of snow, particularly in the southeast portion of Kansas City’s metro, Atkins said.

Precipitation begins as rain

Initially, the storm will be a rainy event, with areas primarily south of Interstate 70, primarily around Clinton, Butler and Sedalia, seeing rain for much of Tuesday. Areas along a line from Kansas City to Kirksville will also see rain initially, but the rain will continue through the afternoon, Atkins said.

Meanwhile, areas north of St. Joseph will likely remain dry or experience a brief spell of rain. The rain will pass from Tuesday night to Wednesday. No ice accumulation is expected.

A slight change in the storm’s track would cause a noticeable change in snowfall totals, Atkins said.

She cautioned against thinking the weight of snow has missed them if people wake up Wednesday morning and don’t see much snow on the ground. Most of the snow will fall throughout the day and into Wednesday night.

People are urged to stay off the roads as much as possible on Wednesday to allow snow plows the time they need to clear the roads for the morning commute Thursday.

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Robert A. Cronkleton rises very early in the morning to bring readers the latest on crime, transportation and dawn weather. He has been with The Star since 1987 and now contributes to data communications and video editing. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rockhurst College, where he studied Communications and Computer Science.