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MAJOR WINTER STORM BEGINS

Good morning bloggers,

WINTER STORM WARNING THROUGH TONIGHT

It is almost 5 AM and I will be on my way to work soon for a very long, yet exciting day of tracking what will likely become one of Kansas City’s biggest snowstorms in recorded history.  The storm is going to begin in the next two hours or so and we appreciate all of you helping us out as we get through this fascinating weather day.  Please comment and let us know what you are experiencing and we will share some of your thoughts on 41 Action News today and tonight.  Our weather team will be working through the day to bring you the most in-depth weather information.

Weather Timeline:

  • Now through 6 PM:  Snow will begin, there will be a few thunderstorms. Heavy snow is likely and some sleet is likely farther south. Total accumulations of between 10 and 15 inches are possible today!  The wind will blow at speeds of around 10 to 25 mph causing some blowing and drifting of the snow.  Roads will be slick and difficult to travel on and travel is being discouraged today.
  • After 6 PM: More bands of snow move in with some additional accumulation possible

All week long I have been discussing the importance of the upper level storm track. And, one of the things that made this forecast so difficult was that the models were predicting that it would track northwest of us.  Well, it appears that the models were wrong, because here it comes. Let’s take a  look but first here is the snowfall forecast we made on the 10 PM newscast last night:

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Snow is spreading in from the south as I am writing this and we are tracking this storm on 41 Action News. 

2Take a look at the 500 mb forecast valid at noon today.  This shows the upper level low and vorticity maximum moving into western Oklahoma. In snow storms the heaviest snow is often along and northwest of this vort max.  And, it is tracking directly towards us.  We will show it on satellite pictures if you watch 41 Action News this morning.

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The lastest GFS and NAM models take this system directly overhead this evening which will likely place us in a comma head of precipitation.  Take a look at all of the lightning early this morning to our southwest:

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Snowfall rates of 3 inches per hour are likely with any thunderstorms and this will locally increase the totals. 

I will try to update the blog later. Thank you for sharing this weather experience with us. Go to KSHB.com/pics and post your pictures.  Keep us updated on your totals.  Have a great snow day.

Gary

 

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474 comments to MAJOR WINTER STORM BEGINS

  • d100patel

    Dang that’s impressive…UMKC just announced its closed for tomorrow…necer happens this early even the snowstorms 2 years ago barely canceled the University this one must be big…

  • jaketiger

    Thunder snow and lightning in Burlington 5:03

  • brucer8774

    Dang. U got me ths time

  • McCabe58

    Snow is so close!!!

  • HeatMiser

    It’s on my doorstep hear in Lawrence

  • SouthOlatheGraham

    Snow flurries starting in Southwest Olathe

  • HeatMiser

    light snow just starting in Lawrence for the first time

  • HeatMiser

    “will likely become one of Kansas City’s biggest snowstorms in recorded history” – heh heh…cool!

  • yewtrees

    Gary. I am confused. If “it appears that the models were wrong”, how come you are still showing the GFS and NAM maps of the upper level low?

  • SouthOlatheGraham

    Light snow starting now in SW olathe

  • KUweatherman

    Snowing in northwest Olathe too!

  • yewtrees

    It is going to be a big mess today. Be safe and stay warm!

  • Meir

    Frist flakes here in op.

  • Cacti51

    This is going to be awesome!!!

  • restull

    It’s definitely a remarkable weather event. I wouldn’t be surprised to have some areas in Kansas with 2 feet of snow. Already at 8 inches or so in the Wichita/Hutchinson area.

  • SouthOlatheGraham

    Snow is really starting to pick up.

  • HeatMiser

    Snowing moderately in Lawrence now

  • partyon

    I can’t believe the radar returns I am seeing….very impressive. Multiple hours of multiple inch per hour snowfall. Don’t think I’ve ever seen such a positive setup for KC. I feel this will exceed the Christmas storm of a few years ago for snowfall amounts in many spots.

  • yewtrees

    According to the radar, the snow is now on my doorstep. Let the snow show begin!!

  • kiminpv

    Here we go! What a fun day this is going to be! Stay safe, stay warm, stay home :-)

  • Cacti51

    The entire state of KS is covered in precip that is amazing. And all of it is coming this way!!! :)

  • Cacti51

    Snow definitely picking up here in Olathe

  • nofluer

    06:00 – Northern Holt County, MO. Westerly winds are moderate – no snow.

  • HeatMiser

    Too cool for school

  • nofluer

    Oops – f’got. Temp is 17 F. Nice fire in the stove… it’s toooooasty!

  • AFPILOTWXJUNKIE

    No snow in Platte City yet. But I can smell it coming lol.

  • sojoxowx

    Roads covered im Gardner

  • McCabe58

    Snowing/sleeting moderately here in pleasant hill. Everything covered already

  • zimbokc

    I’m so grateful KSHB puts up a live broadcast online during snow events for those of us without cable!

  • southopsonya

    Started snowing here at 159th & Kenneth Road about 5:50 am

  • hushpook

    TWC reports 9″ already in Wichita.

  • goldenroads

    We have a dusting of snow at Gardner Rd in Gardner, KS. (just south of Olathe on I-35). I can now hear thunder in the distance.

  • Skylar

    Yellows and oranges with even a few reds are heading right towards us! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much snow that heavy heading right towards KC.

  • Freeze Miser

    Not getting anything yet in eastern Independence. As soon as it gets cranked up I’m taking the pup out for a walk. She loves the snow! Funniest thing you can imagine…1/2 basset hound, 1/2 labrador…poor girl is not too high off the ground but she’s thinks she’s a full size dog.

    Let the fun begin!

    • MikeT1

      hi freeze… we have two bassets, both full grown. this much snow, they’ll barely be able to get to the yard! feel sorry for our male! couple of years ago, our snow removal guy cut a couple of paths for them in the backyard.

      • blue8091

        Hi Guys – I envy you! I have a shih tzu who refuses to go outside in bad weather :( He’s got about 2-3″ clearance clarance and then he’s a pup pop! I have a standing gig with snow removal guy to dig us out and cut a maze into my unfenced yard but that won’t happen until in the morning! Luckily he’s coming to dig a small path for later today! We were out last about 1am in our last trip of drain the dog! I looked out the window at 6:42 – barely any ground cover, but now it’s completely covered and coming down here in S OP!

        • MikeT1

          pup pop… that’s funny. i wish our snow guy would do that on this snow, but not this time. our female will blaze the trail since she can “bound” but our male has hip displaysia and can barely get up steps let alone jump. i’m going to try and keep the patio cleared through the event… give them SOME breathing room!

          • blue8091

            Aww – basset hounds are pretty adorable – sorry to hear about your male. We’ve never had a fenced yard so mine is used to walks 2x a day and 2 quick outtings – shih tzu’s are stubborn – into beyond being an idiot. He typically doesn’t even go in our yard unless he’s marking his zone – so snow time is a stressful time for us, but we really need this moisture so I’m happy! I can already tell I couldn’t begin to keep up with the snow fall. It’s POURING snow here now. I can never get pics to post here, but on my deck, it’s piled up at least 3″ on deck chair seats.

  • Overbrook

    THUNDERSNOW!!!

    It had been snowing moderately here near Overbrook for a little over an hour and with over an inch on the ground already. Had one flash of lightning and long rumble of thunder just a couple of minutes ago. Watching the snow coming down, it has picked up noticeably since that.

  • Crismac

    Morning all,light snow has started here in Raytown.Here we go.

  • jeffnskc

    Gary:

    Weather this is one of the “big ones” or not remains to be seen. Do think you, Jeff, & Co do a great job one these write-ups. I’m certain they take a good bit of time to put together.
    It’s appreciated!

    Jeff

  • goldenroads

    Snow is becoming more intense in Gardner, KS. Big white snowflakes falling at a moderate rate.

  • maz167

    Starting to see flakes in KCK

  • yewtrees

    It is so quiet in the downtown area. I guess everyone decided to stay home. It is not snowing yet in the area.

  • goldenroads

    Garnder, KS officially has THUNDERSNOW!

  • SouthOlatheGraham

    JUST GOT THUNDERSNOW

  • Skylar

    I just saw a flash of lightning, though I think I missed the thunder part by JoCo Executive. Still, that’s the first thundersnow I’ve ever experienced since moving to KC.

  • Greenstein

    Thundersnow at 159th and Antioch in south Overland Park.

  • jeffnskc

    To any of you proficient bloggers:

    Do you still see this event as being as big as it’s been predicted?

    Thanks

    • yewtrees

      I have some doubts after Gary updated the snow amount. > 10 inches of snow in a day is a very rare event in KC.

  • SouthOlatheGraham

    The snow has picked up a lot with thundersnow

  • Kole Christian

    Not at the high end as KC never seem to top out in these storms, but it’s the highest chance I’ve ever seen.

  • cjmitch

    Looking at the radar, I am going to have to say yes.

  • yewtrees

    The thundersnow is LOUD!! Just experienced it.

  • erock89

    coming down decent with a nice dusting on the ground so far in Prairie Village

  • jayhawknut

    Thunder here in east Olathe-like the song says “let it snow,let it snow,let it snow”

  • sojoxowx

    3 thunders so far and yes guys this event will be huge…did you see the radar ?

  • jaketiger

    Still thunder occasionally with flashes of lightning in Burlington, Ks started at 4:47. Snow piling up quickly

  • LuvSnow

    Just got woken up with a flash in the face..wondered what it was and then got my answer with a loud boom…Thundersnow! Best wake up alarm ever!

  • NoBeachHere

    If I remember coreectly, GL said we might have a chance wth 3 or 4 chances of snow in February.GL also mentioned this, I think back in January, that maybe a better chance if the AO went Negative a Hot Spot would slide on top of us. There is a cycle to our weather. He did stick his neck out there and mentioned this when other mets in the area started talking about this early to mid week last week. Good Job!!!
    Now, 12+++ in Liberty!!!
    SNOW DAY!!!1

  • McCabe58

    Very very heavy snow in pleasant hill. Forgot to move my truck last night so I just had to move it into the drive way. Fat flackes and coming down really hard

  • Greenstein

    The flakes at 159th and Antioch in south OP aren’t very big so it’s take a while to pile up. It’s fairly windy as well which is swirling the powder type consistency around.

  • KUweatherman

    Love me some thundersnow! Don’t love it making our DirecTV flash on/off though, lol.

  • Twistersis

    Gary, did you sleep over at the station? I imagine a cot with a few water/food bowls for the dogs in a little utility closet! Major Dryslot seems to be sleeping in today…just as well.

  • cjmitch

    Sorry, I should have added that we seem to be in the sweet spot that the Clinton Missouri was in about five years ago (forgot the exact year) we ended up with about 6″, but that area got 2′. Same thing happened in late march/early April of ’06. Gary forecasted 12″ for the metro, but the storm shifted north, and south central ne ended up with massive amounts instead.

  • HeatMiser

    Snow becoming heavy in Lawrence

    • Roohawk

      Yes it is HeatMiser! Which part of town are you in? Close to Bob Billings between Monterrey Way and Wakarusa here.

  • AFPILOTWXJUNKIE

    Light snow falling in Platte City

  • Kole Christian

    Flurries north of Parkville

  • bigmac64055

    My younger brother in Mt. Vernon is getting marble size hail…….

  • weatherkcmo

    Let the fun begin guys!

  • lsx347

    time to get the big truck out and play

  • romaley

    No snow yet in Liberty. My 3 year old woke up a couple of minutes ago just long enough to ask, “Is it snowing yet?”

  • douglas6280

    Thunder with increasing snow at 143rd and Switzer around 6:35AM. This is going to be wild!

  • SouthOlatheGraham

    Heavy Snow~

  • romaley

    152 and Forrest. Correction: Just saw my first flurry.

  • Baseball Mike

    Good morning Gary and the weather team—here in Berryton , Kansas, we have had three flashes of lightening and thunder since 6:33 this morning. It is pretty cool. Our border collie who has storm anxiety doesn’t know what to make of this since it is snowing and she loves it. We have 2 inches and it is snowing very heavily.
    Take care, Michael/Berryton/Topeka

  • NoBeachHere

    Got Snow in Liberty!!

  • melafinatu

    As an airline employee, DON’T check flykci.com. They can be inaccurate and not up to date. Call your airline. They can give you the most up to date info and reaccomadate you at the same time.

    • udndcs

      Have an 8:30 flight tomorrow morning on Southwest. Hopefully KCI can get this mess cleared off the runways overnight tonight!

      • melafinatu

        yeah, i guess it’s a wait and see game right now. i’m thinking the rest of the day will be canceled, at least for Southwest. It depends not just on runway conditions, but whether they can get the gates cleared of snow. Doesn’t do any good having planes stuck at the gate.

  • orgirl69

    An inch already and snow covered roads in Raymore. Had a neighbor leave less than 10 minutes ago and the tracks in their driveway are already gone. Coming down at a crazy rate!

  • The U of KC

    Snowing here by KCI
    I29 and barry

  • YouBetchaEh

    Thunder in Lawrence is pretty consistent. Visibility pretty low.

  • cmw8r8

    Snowing in Pleasant Valley

  • Cacti51

    Nice Moderate to heavy snow at 127th and ridgeview

  • Twistersis

    Really coming down in eastern Shawnee.

  • Cacti51

    Totally eyeballing this but I would say there has to be at least an inch maybe 1 1/2′ inches here in Olathe already too.

  • blue8091

    Ground is mostly covered now in S OP at 119th/Antioch! I’m so close to the comments on thundersnow but I can’t hear it yet!

  • outdoorchic76

    Heavy snow in tonganoxie. The ground is completely covered, going out to check depth in a few minutes.

  • snowbird

    Snow starting to come down Weatherby Lake, no thunder snow yet

  • Ldyatthelake

    Coming down so hard east of Warsaw now that I can’t see the barn across the road.

  • JJ

    WOW! Heavy snow & ground is covered in H’Ville.

  • AFPILOTWXJUNKIE

    Lots of thunder in Platte City

  • HeatMiser

    Very heavy thundersnow in Lawrence

  • skylark

    Thunder and lightning in Leavenworth!

  • We’ve got a little bit of snow on the ground here in Northtown – no thunder yet… I’m dreaming of snow sculpting later, while I run my niiice hot bath :^)

  • outdoorchic76

    Forgot to mention lots of thunder and lightening too!! (Tongie/McLouth)

  • Cacti51

    ok just officially confirmed 1 1/2″ with my professional snow measuring instrument on my deck.

    • Twistersis

      I’ve had my professional snow measuring instrument since I was in school. It’s an antique yet works quite effectively.

  • jaketiger

    still thundering occasionally with continued heavy snow in Burlington

  • zimbokc

    Thanks to those of you posting your city/county when reporting snowfall amounts! (KC – Hyde Park)

  • PlatteCityMatt

    Thunder just west of KCI. Just happened to be looking outside and caught a flash.

  • hrbrbldrs

    Thunder and lighting near Fort Leavenworth about 7:28am-roads went from clear to covered within 15 minutes of snow starting – this could be fun!!

  • weather

    Snowing heavily in Blue Springs/Independence! Snowmagedon is upon us. Oh my!

  • HillJenn1

    Nothing here yet, in Easton, MO…….

  • YouBetchaEh

    Small flakes. Doesn’t seem wet at all. 21 deg in Lawrence. Big ratio?

  • Overbrook

    It’s really pouring down here. Continues to thunder every few minutes and wind is strong out of the east with gusts. Small drifts scattered around the front and side yard. More than 2 inches at this point with snowfall rates of around an inch/hr., probably more here recently as it has been coming down heavily for the last 30 minutes now. Impressive start and radar returns promise much more coming up the turnpike.

  • Skylar

    Very heavy snow here by 151st and Pflumm, the grass is almost completely covered now.

  • farmingnolkes

    Light snow in lawson

  • mcgillicuddy

    Heavy snow in Longview. More than an inch already. Haven’t heard any thunder but its whiteout conditions. It’s not a rib it’s a shoot this time.

  • jeffnskc

    2″ so far at 119th & State Line. Coming hard.

    No thunder. Snow pretty fine & a lot of blowing.

  • Ldyatthelake

    Snow just changed over to sleet here. Not what I was hoping for.

  • weatherkcmo

    Snowing very heavily around the Waldo/Brookside area. Everything is covered.

  • McCabe58

    Close to 2″ here in pleasant hill, mo snowing very heavily… Get your cars off the roads!

  • Cacti51

    confirmed with that professional snow measuring instrument that I have 3″ now on my deck. that’s an extra 1 1/2 inches just in 30 min.! 119th and Ridgeview-Olathe

  • SouthOlatheGraham

    3 1/2 inches now

  • Overbrook

    Note to the overachieving plow king: Not that I don’t appreciate the thought, but is it really necessary to have bladed our side street twice already when you can barely see a block down the street and there might have been four cars down the street in the past 2 hours? Anybody that heads up the street to the highway is probably going to get a rude awakening at that point.

  • PaolaWeatherNewbie

    Had a few rumbles of thunder about 15-20 minutes ago (just got myself out of bed) and the grass is completely covered!!! Looks to be about 3″ deep here in Paola already (two miles west of town).

    Awesome snow!! Loving it!

  • HillJenn1

    FINALLY STARTING IN EASTON, MO

  • weatherfly

    Goodbye last blade of grass, it’s pouring snow here at 159th/Nall…wow

  • LarryA

    Lightning and thundersnow in Lawrence. Very heavy snowfall estimated at 2.5 to 3″ per hour.

  • backwoods4ever

    It’s raining/sleeting and 25 degrees in Lebanon, MO. w/thunder, lightning big time. roads are in very bad shape. wish we were getting the snow! I have a lot of family in the KC metro area.

  • Kole Christian

    1/2 inch here north of Parkville

  • allietag

    Thundersnow in Atchison County, Kansas. It started snowing about an hour ago and is coming down at a pretty good pace. Very wet snow!!

  • AFPILOTWXJUNKIE

    1 1/2 inches of snow in 30 min in Platte City. Roads are covered. First things to get snow accumulate on them.

  • JJ

    Thundering now in H’Ville and coming down hard & fast.

  • Overbrook

    Wow, either I looked wrong a while ago or it’s really picked up the pace since then- over 4 inches now. No thunder recently, but snowing and blowing with visibility under 1/4 mile (more like 1/8 at times).
    Snow plow down our front street punched through several 1 foot drifts and now it’s already filling back in.

  • HeatMiser

    Insanely heavy snow in Lawrence

  • McCabe58

    Oh wow I just heard thunder for a good 20 seconds straight in pleasant hill!!! This is amazing!!!!!

  • jjoel

    Thunder in Grain Valley. Clearly heard!

  • terryt2477

    Just starting Polo lol glad to finally see some snow

  • Ldyatthelake

    Erock – 15 miles east of Warsaw. Been all sleet here for almost half an hour now. Thunder and lightning, have 2.5″ snow on the ground before the sleet started.

  • tushchaser1

    Thunder in Blue Springs!! Amazing!!!

  • PaolaWeatherNewbie

    Wow! Huge flash of lightning and tons of thunder again now! The snow is coming down!!!!!!!

  • MikeL

    In SW Topeka we have 4.5″ on the ground with heavy snow falling. Thunder early but not any for the last 30 minutes or so.

  • blue8091

    It is POURING snow here at 119th/Antioch in OP – coming down at a very fast pace. I have at least 3″ piled up on deck furniture. Wind is blowing snow off roofs in sheets – it looks like opening the door of a really old freezer and all the frost pours out!

  • goldenroads

    Gardner, KS update: Moderate Sleet & Snow mix. Estimating at least 3 inches of snow on the ground already.

  • NorthlandKB

    Just heard what will probably be the last flight leaving KCI today fly over my house. I’m surprised they’re still sending planes out at this point…the runways have got to be slick by now.

  • Cacti51

    4″ confirmed 119th and Ridgeview-Olathe

  • Roohawk

    Just got off the phone with a friend of mine in Lyndon, KS. He said he’s up to 9 inches on the ground right now. And if that isn’t amazing enough as it is, he said he picked up nearly 2 inches of that in 20 minutes.

  • blueskies

    Where have all the poofers gone?

  • Kole Christian

    About an inch now.

  • SouthOlatheGraham

    4” in SW olat

  • RonS

    Thunder snow down in Harrisonville. We just saw the lightning followed by the thunder boom!

  • Polardog

    2.5″ On the ground in Raytown

  • MikeT1

    so far, no thunder/lightning in PV (83rd and Roe). rather surprised by that since it seemed to all around us.

  • Kole Christian

    We were saying poof for reverse psychology on the weather if you read previous blogs. POOF!

  • grassmankc

    Just measured 3″ in Greenwood Mo. It’s thundered several times in the last 15 minutes.

  • snowbird

    Heavy small flakes at Weatherby Lake, we may have an inch but it has really picked up, still no thunder snow, we are 8 miles south of KCI

  • McCabe58

    Gary just said on air, “more than 15″ is possible in some places”!!!!!

  • yewtrees

    Snowing has stopped in Wichita based on the radar.

  • weatherkcmo

    Been in the heavy bands all morning. More snow will be filling in when the dry slot tries to make its way toward the city.

  • JPeculiar

    3″ in Peculiar MO (Cass County) steady snow with temps holding at 21.Some wind causing minor drifts..Roads are getting bad for all w/o 4 wheel drive

  • nofluer

    08:30 Northwestern Holt County, MO – light snow now falling and beginning to accumulate. No significant wind. 16 F.

    Looking at the radar it looks like most of Megasnow is sliding off to the East, just South of us, with the rotational part of it going nearly NNE from Western KS per my call last night. ie our usual “Gap-o-sis” in the storm is behaving as per usual. IIRC I said we’d probably get less than 6″ here. Have to wait and see…

  • aemizzou

    Thundersnow in south lees summit around 8:15. Thanks for everyone posting updates and Gary and 41 weather team for the updates on blog – only place I go to for wx reports!

  • McCabe58

    Nice little dark orange/red area of precip headed straight for me!

  • WeatherNerd

    Approaching 5 inches in Louisburg, KS. Have had some thunder and heavy bands settling back in with some of the heaviest snow I have ever seen in our area. Going to be a fun day!

  • It’s breakfast time up here at the 2nd National Hive in Northtown Mo. I’m sitting in the kitchen, sipping some morning tea and munching on a waffle, while the snow comes down nice and steady. We’ve got about 2 1/4 inches on the ground if my trusty ruler hasn’t failed me.

  • mattmaisch

    12Z NAM Goes NUCLEAR!! 16-20″!!!

    “http://www.instantweathermaps.com/NAM-php/showmap-conussfc.php?run=2013022112&time=PER&var=ASNOWI&hour=042″

  • TEXAS-MIKE

    at work in Leavenworth and its a whiteout!!!!!

  • snowbird

    Can barely see the house across the street LOL!

  • PaolaWeatherNewbie

    The pink on the radar is getting closer than I would like…at least to Paola. That would be the freezing rain right? What are the chances of that hitting and dousing us in a bunch of ice? Love the snow, but don’t want the ice on top of it!

  • McCabe58

    Looks like we could have a break in between snows?

  • Brenda

    I’ve heard thunder 5 times since 8 am here just North of Harrisonville. I’ve measured just over 4 inches here.

  • terryhedglin

    About 2 inches in Holden and coming down hard.

    Had a few claps of thunder and boy is lightning bright when there is snow on the ground!!

  • MikeL

    SW Topeka: 6.0″ on the ground and heavy snow still falling.

    I have been watching the dry slot in in south central Kansas and it is a concern. It’s seems a little farther north than shown on the 12z NAM.

    I wish Gary would comment on that.

  • sedsinkc

    Wow. Already 3 inches here in KC North and it’s only been accumulating for about 45 minutes. It is snowing harder than it did during the two blizzards. Visibility under 1/8 of a mile even with no blowing snow.

  • partyon

    based on the radar and satellite trends, I believe that 15″+ that was predicted to be out west of Topeka has moved directl over KC…pretty amazing.

  • Don H.

    Yeah I see the dry slot, looks like the majority of heavy precip is moving into Missouri, go figure. I think the low is taking a different track as predicted.

  • Cacti51

    5 3/4″ at 119th and Ridgeview-Olathe

  • Twistersis

    Shoveled several inches of Droughtbuster off the driveway in eastern Shawnee. Measured 4 1/2″ on the deck.

  • 3-4 inches here in Olathe at least..winds have really picked up in last half an hour.heavy snow, big flakes often coming down sideways. My little black dog went outside for just a minute or two, came in completely white lol.Before I could get a pic of him he shook off all over my bare cold feet.

  • weatherkcmo

    No dry slot in KC. It’ll fill in quickly before it gets here.

  • Its a winter wonderland here in NW Olathe. Snow is piling up nicely and the kids are already getting ready to head outside to play in it. The thunder woke one of them up this morning and the snow piling up by the doors has them a little worried that we might get so much snow that the can’t get out of the house. They have the official snow measuring ruler out and should have our first snow reading soon.

  • stjoeattorney

    started at 740 now 840 mod snow a quick inch everything covered ENE brisk breeze.

  • Wowza! Make that 4 inches in Northtown! (No thundersnow yet) The pups are on the couch and they are NOT moving!

  • Kole Christian

    Grass is covered!

  • weather

    There has been no thunder in Blue Springs/Independence yet. Tuchaser1 there was no thunder come on man please only post what’s actually going on not what you want to happen.

    • Morham

      Well I am at 23 & Lee’s.Summit road and have had two rounds of thunder, whoops there is a flash and a third just now. Rumbled the house.

  • Overbrook

    6+ inches now, that’s about 4 inches in the past 2 to 2 1/2 hours. No let up at this point, but I could see where in a few hours there might be a break if that dry slot keeps it up. Still would expect it might be pushing 12 inches or so around here even then at the rate it’s piling up.

  • I heard thunder in Grain Valley about 30 minutes ago.

  • WeatherNerd

    6″ in Louisburg in less than 3 1/2 hours.

  • Freeze Miser

    Great heavy snow in east Indy…dig and I are out for a hike!

  • McCabe58

    5 1/2″ in pleasant hill. Started snowing moderately at 6:40am

  • restull

    12-14 inches now in the Wichita/Hutchinson area.

  • Cacti51

    7 1/4 inches of snow! measured in multiple locations on drive way 119th & Ridgeview-Olathe this is utterly amazing!

  • McCabe58

    Just heard more rumbles outside.. This is just insane! I’m loving it!!

  • blue8091

    Where is Emaw? It’s a bigun… I’m a lil worried might be buried in driveway while trying to dig out to get to Billy Joe and the cow….SOS?!

  • orgirl69

    Thunder and a flash of lightning in Raymore. 2″ in the last 30 minutes. Total of 5-6″ on the east side deck. CRAZY

  • weatherkcmo

    Saw some lightning and heard thunder!

  • NorthlandKB

    Thunder at I-29/Barry!

  • weather

    Just had a clap of thunder. It was small but thunder none the less.

  • clarklsn2001

    6″ Here in Lee’s Summit and coming down like crazy. 2″-3″ per hour rate

  • restull

    It’s amazing to see the snow intensifying down in the Texas Panhandle! That’s 500+ miles away from KC.

  • JPeculiar

    Thunder in Peculiar..huge flakes over 6″ holding at 21..winds at 19mph beautiful to watch coming down..county roads getting very dangerous..stay home if you can

  • smiley10

    Just had a nice flash of lightning and clap of thunder at I-35 and Lamar. Loving this!

  • cjmitch

    Just measured 6″(downtown OP) Have not seen/heard any thunder or lightning yet though.

  • StormyWX

    Thundersnow in west KCK.

  • McCabe58

    I would not be surprised if I was at 6″ now…. Gary what’s the likely hood we could see 2′?

  • Ladybug

    Just heard thunder at my house in Shawnee near I-35 and 67th street.

  • sedsinkc

    Ruler verified 5.0 inches at my house in KC North, snowing very heavily.

  • Hunter

    Flash of lightning and thunder in Lakewood (Lee’s Summit).

  • sheldan

    Why are people out in this crap? Making it hard for road crews, and unsafe as well. I have probalby 5-6 inches in Holden. Have had thunder and lightening multiple times. This is so awesome! We are seeing history outside our windows! Woo Hoo!!!!!!!

    • nofluer

      They won’t be out in it long – unless no one saves them from themselves. On the air are pics of the morons turning the interstates and beltways into parking lots.

    • spaceotter

      The reason I was out is I wouldn’t be paid for the day if I didn’t show up. I don’t get paid and I don’t pay some bills. I didn’t have a choice. So, I call work at 7:30 and see if they are closed…they weren’t. I show up at 8:10 and they are closing. I get paid I guess. I just got home. The idiots who REALLY shouldn’t be out are people in rear wheel drive cars. Those are the cars and trucks causing all the problems on the roads right now. I managed just fine in my Windstar, but if I hadn’t know the roads between Olathe and downtown OP I would have been stuck behind rear wheel drives several times on my way home.

      • nofluer

        FWD CAN be of use – but most of the people who have them don’t know how to drive them. When I was a teen, I could take my old beater (RWD) with bald tires and drive up a steep hill that was covered with ice without a problem… except having to dodge the morons in FWDs coming back down the hill sideways. Maybe the govamint should make people take and pass a physics test before they are allowed to drive FWD? They’d learn such principles as “Zero traction times 4 = zero traction.” (In every storm I pass FWDs in ditches…) And things like “with rare exceptions, motorized vehicles are designed to move FORWARD or BACKWARD, NOT sideways.” Or the classic, “If you own a 1961 Cadillac and have 5 fat relatives, you don’t NEED a FWD!!! The snow drifts will move out of your way with an apology for even being there.”

        In the DM Blizard of ’73 (?) I got stuck when the GMC PU I was driving got drowned out with snow blowing under the hood. My brother came and got me in his VW Beetle. We didn’t go through drifts (up to 4′ deep). We went OVER them!

    • Weatherfreak01

      My eldest daughter was out in it this morning. She had no choice. At least Saint Lukes is putting her up for the night.

  • networkguy

    Not sure how much is on the ground here in Liberty. However, we have near whiteout conditions. Gary, Looking at the radar I’m wondering if this is moving through faster than we expected? Maybe the totals wont be as high with the pockets of heavier snow not sticking around as long?

  • Ladybug

    Just measured at my house in shawnee near 1-35 and 67th and we have 6″. It has snowed an inch in about 20 minutes, since shoveling my driveway.

  • weatherfly

    Extremely Heavy snow rates now in S. OP, flakes are getting bigger…

  • cjmitch

    Okay, thundering now in my location (downtown op). Sorry you are in doubt about everyone’s measurements weather…I’ve never inflated mine and I do it from a flat surface in three different wind-sheltered locations. Maybe R-dub can chip in and back me as we are in the same area.

  • SouthOlatheGraham

    Very heavy snow. with thunder. huge flakes. 8 inches of snow

  • reedcrete

    Savannah ,MO. It’s really got with it in the last 30 minutes, visibility down to maybe a quarter mile. No thunder.

  • goodlifegardens

    Garden City/Creighton Thunder/sleet/snow I didn’t measure but I would say at least 4-6 inches. I swept the steps before feeding the cows and the amount on the steps when I got back would indicate at least an inch per hour.

  • maz167

    4 inches in western WyCo – that 4 inches fell from 7:30 to 9 (only 90 minutes!!!!)

  • GoPokes

    6″ next door to Staley High School

  • There’s the Thundersnow! Only saw one flash and some rumbling from a distance, but the wind is picking up and blowing everything around here in Northtown.

  • Greenstein

    Forgive me for bringing this up, and I know Gary mentioned something about that dry slot filling in, but as of the radar at 9:25am, that dry slot is taking dead aim on the city, in what appears to only be a few hours away. I realize that many areas already have 7-8 inches, but snow could come to a screeching start if/when that dry slot arrives.

  • Skylar

    Now who was the one saying we wouldn’t even see an inch of snow for the rest of the year? :)

  • AFPILOTWXJUNKIE

    5″ so far in Platte City and still coming down nicely. Road crews plow and it fills in immediately. This is some great snow fall rates.

  • MikeL

    SW Topeka: 8.0 on the ground and still snowing…but the dry slot is looming closer.

    NWS Wichita expecting redevelopment and more moderate to heavy snow so it ain’t over…

  • sedsinkc

    On radar I can see verifiable snowfall reflectivities above 40 DBZ, which is incredible. Sleet to the south is having higher reflectivity, but that’s normal. Even the blizzard back in CT 2 weeks ago the highest snow reflectivity I saw was 52 DBZ.

  • The dry slot is very concerning to me.

  • PaolaWeatherNewbie

    Just measured 8″ here in Paola.

  • craigmac

    I am in Blue Springs/Independence close to Sunnyvale Middle school. Huge clap of thunder just happened! WOW!!!!!!!

  • BIG long rumble in Northtown!

  • madnick44

    Thunder Snow 147rd & Pflum

  • weatherfly

    Big rumble of Thunder here in S. OP, I hear a bit of sleet mixing in, but the snow is just overwhelming right now

  • networkguy

    I’m not convinced this is going to be as big as thought. There is not a huge area of no activity in Kansas that’s rushing towards us. I’m thinking by noon we will have seen all were going to see. Not thinking the 15 is going to materialize for Kc. :/

  • sedsinkc

    Folks, this IS the main event. The dry slot will get to KC in 2 or maybe 3 hours at most. This ridiculously heavy snow will be over. After that it will be occasional snow of varying intensity, but it won’t be this any more so enjoy this while it lasts.

  • Skylar

    Just got some more thunder by Johnson County Executive. Very heavy snow (big flakes) and strong winds with visibility near zero. They might as well have issued a blizzard warning just because of the intensity. The snow only started 3-4 hours ago and we already have 6-8″ at least.

  • weatherkcmo

    Once again the dry slot will prevail…

  • clarklsn2001

    7.5″ In Lee’s Summit and Thunder

  • Applejack715

    It is thundering for the second time here in Liberty. It is snowing very hard and it is difficult to see across the street. We have roughly 5 inches or so and the wind is blowing.

  • cjmitch

    Gary says the dry slot will fill in, but in one of the afds (from the nws) they say it will strip out the ice crystals if it moves over the area..Jacob, can you shed some light?

    • NorthlandKB

      Also keep in mind that we will be in the comma head as the low moves into the metro area later today, so I’m not convinced that we are anywhere near the end of the event.

  • stormchaser

    Wolf! Wolf! Wolf! There really *is* a wolf this time.

  • sedsinkc

    5.8 inches in KC North at 9:40 a.m. Snowfall rate and size of flakes has come down in the past 20 minutes, but radar shows another, last intense band to my south and southwest.

  • redavis

    Thundersnow in Boone County just south of Columbia at my location near Ashland. Visability less than 1/4 mile in very heavy snow.

  • We need a dry slot–most people are going to 10+ inches from this storm!! 152 and N-Oak–6″

  • farmingnolkes

    5 inches in Lawson

  • Overbrook

    Well, I’ll be in the dry slot here in the next hour or so. Snow has tapered back to a moderate rate, but still steady for now and blowing as much as earlier. Went out, pushed some snow and took a hike around the house- 9 inch snow depth now and could see another 1-2 inches before the break before the wrap around passes by later this afternoon.

  • buckeye2

    5.2inches in Blue Springs in 2 hours. Just heard thunder.

  • Polardog

    We now have 6″ in Raytown and it is still pouring snow. I have a very happy boy and dog.

  • HeatMiser

    Hey Gary, what’s with the dry slot coming into Lawrence? I thought you said that would fill in.

  • weatherkcmo

    Looks like Gary underestimated the dry slot. Oh well.

  • HeatMiser

    7+ inches in Lawrence

  • Don H.

    Wow the dry slot is moving in quickly. I think the low tracked further south and east then projected.

    • nofluer

      Not. This storm is following what I believe may be a summer pattern. I sit up here in NW MO and watch it do this every year. HUGE storm comes in from the SW, splits into two segments (this one actually split into three), and they go their merry way. One goes almost due North across KS and NE, one hangs a right turn so it can rain on Columbia, MO some more (Columbia never gets enough rain), and this time one decided it wanted some corn fritters and is staying South going East.

  • Baseball Mike

    Good morning Gary and the weather team—here in Berryton we have 7-9 inches depending on where you measure–not liking the radar—is the storm winding down here and in Central and South Central Kansas? I thought it was supposed to snow all day (not with the great intensity) or will it redevelop? Thanks, Michael/Berryton/Topeka

  • tigerscott

    measured in 3 spots while shoveling in Lees Summit i had 5.5 inches.. Have no idea how some residents in LS have 7.5

  • Suzq

    Good Morning. I’m north at 152 and N.Oak. I shoveled the back porch to take out the dogs (3 Yorkies) this morning, about 2″. They stayed out 1 minute and were covered in snow. Took them out 20 minutes later and had to shovel another 2″ just to let them walk.Lost site of one of them cuz he took off across the yard. Glad he came back or wouldn’t have been able to find him. There’s another 2 inches out there again now. Hubby trying to get home from work from NKC. Having trouble finding a road that isn’t blocked.

  • Jayhawkie

    Live in Edwardsville. Measured at 9:19 —7.5 inches. Then again at 9:45 –9 inches!!

  • amazes me that there are people walking around the highways because they are stuck.

    • PaolaWeatherNewbie

      Worried about family now… Works up in the city and has to make it all the way back down to Paola this afternoon! Hopefully it gets cleared up soon! I’ve heard 35 is a mess right now.

  • sedsinkc

    NWS Pleasant Hill just posted this nugget of wisdom on Facebook: “Heaviest snow is expected to taper off from west to east beginning around the noon hour along the Kansas/Missouri border.” The dry slot cometh.

  • HeatMiser

    bring it on…we want more…go away dry slot

    • overlandpark4me

      Tell that to the people without power right now. People just don’t think when they aren’t affected. Maybe we can mix in a tornado just to say it happened.

      • PaolaWeatherNewbie

        Who is without power? Down in the south with the ice, yeah. They can have the dry slot if they want it! I’d be more than happy if it went to their area. People are posting for here though… I haven’t heard of anybody being without power around here yet. Maybe I missed something?

        I want all of the moisture we can get! I’m tired of the drought already.

  • stjoeattorney

    945 grasss gone that is at least 3 inches no thunder in the two hours, radar shows some NNW rotration up here from topeka that may keep us out of dryslot for an extra hr, but w/o the thunder we will not reach 10 inches even w/ wrap around not a dud but over hyped.

  • 1956patriot

    8 inches here at 125th, near Quivira. Still coming down hard!

  • shoedog

    9 inches (two different spots) Leawood 131st Roe. Went for a Coke, over 1 inch over 20 minutes when came home.

  • Weatherwatcher

    Good morning Gary and staff,

    Here in Lee’s Summit, west of Todd George Road, we have about 6 inches. Still coming down heavily, but by the looks of things, the dry slot might be moving in earlier. Pity…
    My students are loving a snow day I’m sure, and I know they are wishing for another day from school tomorrow!

  • networkguy

    I think the dry slot is going to poof us. 10 in will be the max. Sad but true.

  • PaolaWeatherNewbie

    Some sleet is starting to mix in with the snow here in Paola. It isn’t tons, but I can here it hitting the window when the winds are gusting.

  • ShanePBrady

    Bust? “Sad” ? Overhyped? KC hardly ever gets this much snow. 10 inches is a lot for this area. We should be happy we get the moisture.

  • HeatMiser

    Okay, he said dry slot will stop snow for a couple of hours before it fills in. He said the storm will continue for many many hours after that.

  • congerie

    Seriously guys, calm down about the dry slot. The storm is just kicking off…it will wrap around and keep dumping the flakes.

  • ha! remember, we are in a drought.. this moisture is fantastic!!! making life horrible, but it’s really gonna help out..

  • HillJenn1

    Can someone help me???? My husband was on his way him, he is at a standstill on I 29 and 635. He has been there for almost 2 hours now. We live in St Joseph. Anyone know what happened there? I would appreciate any help, so I can let him know. I cannot find anything. Thank you

    • snowbird

      Have not heard anything, The exit ramp has an incline from 635 to 29, more than likely someone is stuck and got it blocked??

    • PaolaWeatherNewbie

      There have been plenty of incidents reported on 29, I’m not familiar with all of the highways on the northside, so I couldn’t be sure about locations. Lots of cars probably getting stuck or driving too slow though. Every drive is probably going to be a loooong drive today!

      I’m wisely staying put.

  • olathe-snowkid

    10 inches has fell. And now a dryslot will make the storm go poof? Lol yoire funny networkguy

  • olathe-snowkid

    Nws says 6-10 during the day(which has already happened) and 2-4 tonight. Wheres that coming from? Redevelopment?

    • Skylar

      Mine says 9-13″ of total accumulation today with 1-2″ possible tonight, so we’ve gotten the majority of our snow at this point.

  • Skylar

    The benefit of the dry slot will be a chance to shovel/plow and measure what has fallen so far. Temperatures are right around 20 degrees so the only melting will be on main roads and highways.

  • dpollard

    8.0″ in Blue Springs and still snowing about 2.5″ per hour!

  • AFPILOTWXJUNKIE

    Dry slot will hit us for about 2-3 hours. Then restart up for the remainder of the main storm

  • Cacti51

    10.5 inches at 119th & Ridgeview-Olathe

  • whitelightning

    about 10″+ here in kc-ks near county line 55th.

  • HeatMiser

    more snow

  • tamiisaqt

    Just curious:
    If thundersnow is possible, is a snow tornado possible?

  • yes gary said the main storm is still far away so the dry slot will just give us a break..time maybe for snowplows to make some headway before next round hits..just in time for rush hour.

  • Henley

    It will be over in several hours and that’s all we’ll get…just flurries after that. Sorry

  • Hays is getting nailed with this storm. Snowing extremely heavy right now. Most snow I’ve seen in a long time! Contact me through the contact link on my site if you have any comments,concerns, or questions.

    Ryan
    http://www.hayskansasweather.com

  • sedsinkc

    7.1 inches in KC North just S of Gladstone.

  • UNIPanther

    Just measured 4 spots at my house right by zona. All were around 8.5 to 9 inches. And definitely have some drifts around a foot and a half. Wow! What a storm.

    • kcjc777

      That’s about what I measured here, very close to the same place. Just got home from being stuck on the road trying to get my mom from her work that decided to close only once everyone was stuck there.

  • HeatMiser

    9 inches in Lawrence

  • Skylar

    I-35 is looking like that highway in Chicago during the blizzard in 2011. People are just parked haphazardly in the snow which could be a problem for plows.

    “http://ow.ly/i/1yMIw/original”

  • networkguy

    Wasn’t North KC suppose to get the worst? I’m up in Liberty and we have maybe 6 in. while south KC has like 10.

    • sedsinkc

      I think the bullseye shifted a little bit south because there was less sleet than forecast, but areas farther north will get more of any backside snow that falls later today and tonight.

  • sedsinkc

    Snow is already beginning to wind down.

  • 2soccerboyz

    This is incredible! Witnessed the thundersnow! Must have close to 8 inches here in Blue Springs. Glad I filled my bird feeders & plugged in my heated bird bath. Drinking coffee & enjoying the show!

  • weather

    Just measured 8 inches here in Eastern Independence/Northern Blue Springs.

  • nofluer

    Hummm…. I’m noticing that some people are giving measurements such as 5″, 5 1/2″ and so on, while others are saying “10 1/2″ and other large numbers. I wonder if there is a correlation by sex of the reporter between small numbers and large numbers?

  • 9 ish in Grain Valley.. it’s not scientific by any means..

  • RickMckc

    A two-phase storm like this isn’t out of the ordinaty. Warm-advection snow first followed by deformation zone precip. A lot of times, we only get one or the other (usually just the deformation zone). Lucky us, this time we get both!

    • sedsinkc

      Latest RAP does have the main vort max passing south and southeast of Kansas City, which is a nice track for us to get some accumulating deformation band snow later today. Heading outside to measure snowfall from first round and start digging out as soon as the WAA snow shuts off in a little while.

  • Morham

    I took this measurement in three different places. This was about an hour ago in Independence.

    Very close to 7″. It has been steady ever since so who knows by now. LOL!

  • PaolaWeatherNewbie

    Cracked 300 posts again!

  • sedsinkc

    Someone commented on here a couple days ago that we never get warm air advection snows in Kansas City. Well, here you go. Remember this warm air advection snow event.

  • sedsinkc

    As this last band is coming through, I’m getting the largest snowflakes of this entire event. Should crack at least 8″ before the shutoff comes before noon.

  • ShanePBrady

    Seriously, no matter what happens from here on out, this was a hell of a storm for the KC area.

  • mcgillicuddy

    Measured near 7 out near Longview at 9:30. 8 just now. Think thats low from blowing. Never have I seen snow as hard as this other than on top of a Rocky mountain. Thunder snow is awe striking. Stay off the roads in a car you will get stuck. Longview Neighbor Assist out. Where do I send video Gary?

  • nerd in lansing

    will we get in part of the comma head later?

  • Cacti51

    11 inches-119th & Ridgeview-Olathe

  • nerd in lansing

    nevermind, the dryslot will get filled in apparently around 2

  • Shogun

    11″ here at 119th & Lone Elm in Olathe.

  • HeatMiser

    Main storm is still in TX panhandle. Gary just said it will come right through KC. Snow may be as heavy as the first wave, but that first wave was insane.

    • Guys, the second wave will not be as strong. Im only expectin 1-3″ with the second wave tonight.

      • nerd in lansing

        did u account for the fact the dryslot is going to dissipate?

      • HeatMiser

        I get that it won’t be as strong, but that I think at least part of your range is lowball. I doubt only one inch is possible. If it was, the storm is over, but the weather team says this is just a break before part two. I’m hoping for 2-4 or 3-5 more…something like that.

  • HeatMiser

    Sorry, may not be as heavy

  • mattmaisch

    9″ in the southeastern part of Blue Springs. Still snowing moderately to heavy.

  • kcpurpledog

    143rd & Nieman-watching a neighbor snowblow his driveway….dis not look drifted, pretty even lines where he cut through the snow….honestly looks like close to a foot. I’ll say 11 to be safe. I think the north side will catch up. We just got it sooner down here, but we may wind up having more of the thunder snow from what it looks like so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the larger totals actually south of I-70. North side will likely get more of the deformation band later in the day, so who knows. Looks like easily at least a foot when all said and done.

  • heavysnow

    Its a snow/sleet storm in St Louis

  • RickMckc

    About the dryslot …check this map from 12z NAM:

    “http://www.instantweathermaps.com/NAM-php/showmap-conussfc.php?run=2013022112&time=1&var=ASNOWI&hour=008″

    Then repeatedly increase the hour at the top of the page and you will see that the dryslot was forecast by the NAM (after the huge dump we just had) and will also backfill as the upper low approaches, giving us another 4 inches or so.

    • sedsinkc

      RAP also shows dry slot filling in with snow this afternoon. Additional deformation zone snows will only be a few inches at most, not like this morning’s WAA snow. Storm system has reached maturity and will soon begin to very slowly weaken as we go into tonight.

  • Polardog

    I just measured in 3 spots in my backyard here in Raytown. I have 8.5″ and it is still snowing pretty good. This is a great storm to watch with a cup of hot chocolate.

  • erock89

    so is the storm really cutting of around noon? Will we get any accumualtions later on in the day? If so when?

  • weather

    One hell of a storm for sure. Gary you sent Brett out in this mess shame on you lol. You should be the one out in this!

  • DougHeadyImpersonator1

    *******Gary I just spoke with the National Weather Service in Wichita and relayed my trained weather spotter report of 8.5in with moderate snow (I wont give my actual location) but in Brookside, Mo. They said they would relay it on to Pleasant Hill. I asked real quick their high reports and they said 13″ in some spots in Wichita and a 13″ report from Valley Center, Ks****** Hope you see this.

  • grassmankc

    About 9.5″ in Greenwood MO. Still have moderate snow falling.

  • snowplowman

    I drive an F350 diesel 4X4 with a Western wide-out plow and the drive to work in southern JOCO was worst I have seen in 20 years.
    STAY HOME!!!!!!!
    Let the plow crews work without having to work around you!
    Be safe everyone. Yesterdays blog was great fun!

  • SouthOlatheGraham

    10 inches in SW olathe.

  • allietag

    The local map looks like Atchison County is going to be in a dry slot pretty soon. Someone said that the main storm is still in the Texas panhandle? Can someone post a link to a map that shows it?

  • brucer8774

    11.5″ in lees summit by longview lake

  • allietag

    Found a map. It looks as if this storm needs to move to the Northwest in order for Atchison County to get the rest of the storm. Talk about disappointed!

  • HeatMiser

    Gary, how much more snow should be expect from the second part of the storm? Sitting in Lawrence dry slot at the moment.

  • weather

    Please tell everyone you know to STAY OFF THE ROADS!!!

  • tigerscott

    7.5 in Lees Summit at Todd George and 50

  • scottr

    Here in Spring Hill I measured in 3 spots and it was 11.5, 12, and 13. I would go with 12 to be safe.

  • e92

    Just took trash out to the dumpster. Snow was over the top of my boots, so it is darn near a foot deep. In Lawrence, near South Park.

  • stjoeobserver

    A bit weak this morning with only moderate snow rates in St. Joseph, now sitting at 3-4″. I actually am not expecting st joe to not see the dry slot at all due to the redevelopment in early afternoon and a slow northern movement of the storm. I wouldn’t be surprised if the deformation zone produced as much or more snowfall for areas north of Highway 36 as the WAA snow produced this morning as well.

  • PaolaWeatherNewbie

    Very light flurry is all that’s left here in Paola now. I expect it is about to be a dry spot here any minute now too.

    At least the break gives people a chance to get home quick now, before the next few inches decide to start falling later on. I know some who are starting the weekend early!

  • HeatMiser

    Gary just said on newscast that we can expect 2-4 more inches between 3:00 and midnight tonight.

    • More like 1 to at most 3″

      • HeatMiser

        LoL..there’s only one inch difference between your guess and Gary’s. I kinda doubt only one inch is too likely. If that were true, the storm is over and the weather team is saying it’s not over, more to come. I’m guessing 2-3, Gary is guessing 2-4, I’ll split the difference and guess 3 inches.

    • nofluer

      Hummm… Not sure that I agree on what you’re gonna get there. That High is shoving the main storm East pretty hard… Looking at the radar, looks like that tail end that folks keep talking about is going to either dissipate or go North… my money’s on dissipation. Is that cold dry air NW of the storm? Just my uneducated opinion, but I think when the “dry area” gets there, you’re done.

  • nofluer

    I don’t recall seeing any mention of it, but did anyone comment on the High that has been moving down the Missouri River from ND across E NE? It appears to have pushed Snowmageddon off to the East as the H tracked South and crowded in just WEST of the storm. And looking at the direction of the main storm front, it begins to appear that NJ is gonna get nailed again… and it’s gonna get COLD here.

    Temp here is 19 F. Still snowing pretty good with some wind out of the NE (back-side wind) – and the sky is getting lighter/brighter. (Thinning clouds.) Looking out into the yard, the grass is still well above the snow, and the steps only have about an inch of snow on them. Just enough snow to let me get out my new Hayboggan! (A 6’6″ long, wide plastic toboggan that I can haul hay around the yard on.)

  • OlatheMatt

    Where is foodl who said this event was not going to happen? He said we would be dry slotted and would not get much accumulations.

    • Eh… weather is so imprecise, we have a lot of folks that will pretend they know exactly what’ll happen. When it happens, they crow their success. When their predictions don’t come true, people call them out.

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with people tossing predictions out there. I think it’s foolish to pretend they know more than Gary, though.

      It’s easy to be smart when you already know the answer (i.e. the event has happened so now it’s time to talk smack). Much easier and fun to just not worry about who was ‘right’ and who was ‘wrong’.

      • RickMckc

        I’ve been on this blog a long time and would not characterize f00dl3′s posts as pretending to know more than Gary. We’re all just amateur weather nuts enjoying the show!

  • R-Dub

    About 10″ so far in downtown OP.

  • Snow nearly stopped in St Joseph. Maybe 4 inches. Radar not so promising.

  • Grambo624

    11 inches in downtown Lee’s Summit. 11 inches in a little less than six hours. Amazing.

  • 1956patriot

    10 inches now at 125th and Quivira in O.P., KS

  • OlatheMatt

    Why isnt Brett Anthony making a snow angel on camera

  • 10 inches in Lawrence. With an expected 2-4 (1-3 or 3-5), this forecast is verified. Well done, Gary and team!

    • HeatMiser

      I measured just over nine inches in Lawrence, and saw an official measurement soon after of 9.1. Did you measure 10 where you are? (I’m in Central Lawrence, just a little West of main campus.)

      • Yeah. I live in north-west Lawrence. We had a few rumbles of thunder earlier today.

        I am disappointed that the dry slot is over us now. Even if the heavy stuff is over, I would have enjoyed light snow throughout the day.

  • I-70 closed in Hays as of 11:30

  • kcpurpledog

    Question for the bloggers: If you had to make a choice, would you rather have this historic (maybe 18 inch snow when its all done)and virtually nothing else this winter, or would you rather have 3 or 4 4-6 inch snows in the winter and some 1-2 inchers as well???? Just interested to see what everyone prefers.

  • sedsinkc

    I think we have a new all-time record for blog comments, was at 382 when I got back on a few minutes ago.

  • Kole Christian

    I’d prefer 4. 4 to 6 inches storms and some 2 inches over one historic one. Although the historic storm would get bigger every year…

  • OlatheMatt

    If you have to work today your boss is a jerk. I am watching KSHB and cant believe how many people are out there trying to drive in this and they are getting stuck…..DUH. Dont leave the house if you dont have to.

    • snowbird

      I agree, they have been predicting this to be huge, just close for the day, its not a big deal, Our first responders have to go to work and they also need room to do their jobs, Thanks to all of them!

  • lvksguy

    I’m only measuring 6.5″ in my yard up here in Leavenworth. Seems like it’s the opposite of what was forecast so far.

  • kcpurpledog

    Just watched Gary’s latest update. From the Plaza in to Johnson County looks to be the bullseye. Around one foot of accumulation. I agree at 143rd and Nieman. Thats about what we have. Gary just said he thinks KCI will not be as high of totals as south side when its all said and done. Just goes to show you, with all of this technology and education, mother nature can still throw wrinkles at you as as late as yesterday night and even very early this morning the higher totals were forecasted to be north of I-70 and it is going to turn out the other way, higher south of I-70. Crazy.

  • Kcchamps

    I have between 9 and 10″ here by my house in Independence, Mo

  • craigmac

    Surprised that just a couple of hours ago Brett reported that the snow may stop for a short while. Looks like the bulk of the storm is over. It will be interesting to see how the wrap around will effect us. I shoveled for the first time and there was about 10″ in Blue Springs/Independence area. The problem is the blowing snow. Sometimes visibility gets very low.

  • RickMckc

    Getting much brighter near I-29 & 64th. Will we see the sun for a bit???

  • PaolaWeatherNewbie

    Cracked 400 posts!! Has it ever been 400 before?

  • mmack66

    In Riverside, measured 9″ on top of my grill.

  • olathe-snowkid

    Anybody know about next weeks chance of snow on tuesday,???????

  • PaolaWeatherNewbie

    I wanna know about next weeks snow too!! Anything like this?

  • kcpurpledog

    Does anyone remember the storm in 1993 I believe it was 1993. I think it was in Februar and not January, but someone might check me on that. I remember the KC Star headlines of “A snowstorm for the ages”. That was 12-14 inches across the metro (KCI may have been 11 inches officially, if I remember right and I might not be)
    Anyway, this storm seems an awful lot like that. We got around one foot of snow in a very short amount of time. I remember waking up that day and it had started around 4 in the morning. By 9-10:00AM we had about the bulk of our snow that we ended up with. Seems very very similar.

  • Kcchamps

    If we get that wrap-around 2-4″ like Gary is thinking, then the totals by my house will be around 12-14″!

  • StormyWX

    Wow! Now over 400 comments! Purely awesome.

  • stjoeattorney

    THE FORECAST HERE AND FROM ALL OTHER SOURCES WAS A BUST HEAVY AMOUNTS WERE NOT NORTH OF KC. WE HAVE 4-5 TOPS DEFORMATION LATER 2-3 TOPS NO WHERE NEAR 10-15 AND NORTH OF HERE LESS THAN 3-4 INCHES.

    BLOWN BY ALL. NO WAY AROUIND IT.

    • kcpurpledog

      I don’t think it was blown. This is just as good as it gets with the technology and education (see my earlier comment). I really believe that. All the things happened that Gary and the others said. In the last 12 hours, the dynamics were much better 80 miles south of where they thought the heaviest band would set up. I think it is amazing they can get that close days out.

    • JohnP

      I do not know where you are getting your data from but I had 11″ – exact amounts of snow fall are extremely hard to predict. Gary predicted 10″ I got 11″ – nothing blown at all.

      John

  • weatherkcmo

    Doubt we get anything more than an additional inch.

  • udndcs

    Overland Park – 143rd and Quivira.

    9″ on the north facing driveway.
    11″ consistently in the backyard.
    Drifts up to an impressive 18″.

    That’s what she said.

  • 8 inches exactly in Gladstone. It is convenient to be the one to make and verify your own forecast. It’s hard to be humble.

  • HeatMiser

    Lawrence got 9 inches, so with additional 1-4 we will total out at 10-13 inches. Cool!

  • Cacti51

    12″ at 127th & Ridgeview. I measured several locations most were 12 some were around 13.

  • OlatheMatt

    I called it 36 hours ago, Olathe would clear 10 for sure. Where is foodl at, he hasnt been around since the event started and after claiming we wouldnt get much.

  • RickMckc

    Here is the 17z RAP snowfall forecast for the rest of the storm. Pretty interesting.

    “http://www.instantweathermaps.com/RAP-php/showmap-conussfc.php?run=2013022117&time=INSTANT&var=ASNOWI&hour=004″

    At the top right hand side of the page, click the next button. That will move forward one hour in time and you can see how the upperlevel storm moves through this evening given another 2-4 inches of snow, maybe even up in STJ.

  • Concordia

    Here in Concordia MO we are still snowing pretty heavy. We have drifts well over 12″. Not sure where I can get an accurate measurement.

  • mwnavyvet

    about 10 – 11″ in my driveway in south olathe – very impressive storm! also thankful that my company gave 300+ employees the day off!

  • 2soccerboyz

    Snow has really slowed down in Blue Springs, but there are some ice pellets/sleet mixed in now.

  • Vinny

    This is the one that the Mayans were warning us about, they were just off by two months !

  • Kcchamps

    “We expect new light to moderate snow to move back in 3-4 PM and last until 1-2 AM tonight. This second round may bring a new 1-4″, bringing storm totals to 10″-15″.”

    latest update from Gary 30min ago

  • weatherfly

    Just measured 11″ in several spots on the driveway/sidewalk at 159th/Nall

  • sojoxowx

    The storm Monday looks much weaker guy but who knows snow breeds snow old weather saying

  • weather

    Just came in from snow blowing. I have 10.6 inches here in eastern Independence/Blue Springs. Time to enjoy the fire and a few drinks :)

  • outdoorchic76

    Blog keeps crashing, I can post but I can’t read the comments….strange.

  • weather

    If this keeps tracking the same way then I can see us getting another 2-3 inches pretty easy.

  • Skylar

    I haven’t measured but I have about 9-11″ by Johnson County Executive. We’re getting some freezing drizzle right and some blowing snow right now.

  • Morham

    Well I have almost 10″ in several spots but they were all exposed to the high winds. I also measured one drift at over 20″. 23rd and Lee’s Summit road, Indep MO.

    Here are the pics.

    “http://imgur.com/a/XTxwA”

  • Kcchamps

    “http://mag.ncep.noaa.gov/Image.php?model=ruc&area=namer&param=500_vort_ht&cycle=18&image=ruc%2F18%2Fruc_namer_007_500_vort_ht.gif”

    RUC has the storm tracking just to our south

  • yewtrees

    “This is it,” meteorologist Andy Bailey of the National Weather Service said around 12:30 p.m. “The vast majority has already happened. We can expect maybe an inch (more). People have seen the worst.”

  • Skylar

    440 comments… wow.

  • Cacti51

    Snow is starting to fill back down south around Wichita just as Gary predicted!!

  • snowlover71

    11 inches in South OP 159th & Nall. Only thing “blown” about the forecast is that down South would have less snow. Seems we have more, which I am so thankful for. Have had a great day playing in the snow with my kids. I hope it starts snowing again. Sitting by the fire with hot chocolate, so fun!

  • JJ

    Just measured 11 inches in south H’Ville off of 7 hwy. Awesome!

  • Kcchamps

    snow is rapidly developing in central KS and northern OK

  • paxman

    GARY LEZAK RULES!!! Total chaos in the BIG TOWN!!! Nothing like “Snow Anarchy”! There are cars stuck in the middle of major interstate highways and their owners have just walked off. Several reports of snow plows stuck and even two that have slammed into each other and are stuck. People are freaking out all over town like Godzilla has invaded and is marching thru the heart of our town wreaking havoc up and down the streets!

    All of you nervous ‘Nellies’ can sit your cups of Starbuck’s coffee down next to your pretty little notebooks and laptops for a second or two and type your panic inspired hateful responses directed at me. Don’t forget to hit all of your favorite social media sites to coninue ripping on the idiot who loves snow! Love those pics of your cute little Prius burried in a snow drift!!! Or is that a Yaris? Who cares…the kids and I are headed out to go sledding and enjoy the beautiful weather god has given us!!!!!

    • zimbokc

      This might be the best post of this thread.

    • HeatMiser

      You bore me, shhhh.

    • kcpurpledog

      It would have been a cool post, except its tinged (not so delicately), with anger towards a certain type of people it sounds like. I love snow too, but I don’t think it’s funny that people got stuck or snowplows ran in to each other. Maybe they weren’t freaking out. Maybe they had to work, or someone was having a baby. Who the hell knows. I won’t judge.

  • GoPokes

    11″ by Staley High School. Spent about an hour and a half shoveling my driveway, and am maaabye halfway done.

  • olathe-snowkid

    Wee need a new bloggggg!!

  • zimbokc

    New blog up.

  • reedcrete

    Savannah,MO. To look at radar there shouldn’t be much snow here but visibility is at a 1/4 mile and it has never really stopped snowing. Snow total of maybe 3″ . The dry slot is not so dry here. Can’t open comments on the new blog.