Snowflake Contest Finally Ends: Another Small Snow Event Blankets Kansas City

Good Sunday morning bloggers,

It is official: The snowflake contest ended at 8:35 AM, the last few snowflakes pushed it over the top. 41 Action News meteorologist Nicole Philips measured 1″ at 8:35 AM this morning as you can see below:


Well, it happened. We are getting the weakest possible version of what we have been monitoring for days. It is snowing this morning around KC, and everything is coated. Take a look at this 5 AM radar image showing most of the nation being dry, with this small system zipping by. An Arctic front is organizing to the north this morning, so let’s take a look.

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 5.08.47 AM

This disturbance will be moving by fast leaving a likely under one inch once again near KC. Areas to the south and west have a better chance at getting an inch of snow.

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 5.16.30 AMI have been up and down all night watching this developing very small snowstorm take over KC.  Temperatures have been so cold that the roads were the first surfaces to get snow covered.  The grassy areas finally started getting covered around 4:30 AM and now accumulations of 0.1″ to 1.0″ are accumulating from near the Kansas/Missouri border extending out to the west and south. The highest accumulations may actually exceed two inches two or so counties southwest of KC, maybe near Ottawa to Lawrence or just south of this area. The purple areas shown on this radar image are indicating where the snowflakes grow from very tiny to decent size.

After this system zips by this morning, it will warm up to 30 degrees or possibly near freezing ahead of the strong Arctic front that will be blasting in from the northwest tonight. This next system is faster, and this is not a good thing for Kansas City if you want an organized area of snow. The faster push of the colder air tonight will cause more sinking of the air just as our next chance of precipitation arrives. There may be an additional dusting to 1/2″, but what had looked like a good chance of an inch or more is now fading a bit.  To end the snowflake contest, we will likely need this second band of snow tonight to at least be organized.

6 AM Monday Surface Forecast:

This surface map shows the strong Arctic front blasting south. It will be rapidly moving across Oklahoma into Texas on Monday morning (Martin Luther King Day).


With a little snow on the ground, there is a very good chance that it will drop to below zero by Tuesday morning:


Thank you for sharing in this weather experience featuring Weather2020 and the LRC. This pattern has not been very kind to us, but at least it is snowing today. Let’s enjoy the moment and take in the beauty of the white snow cover this morning. Let us know how much snow you had and go over to the Weather2020 blog to join in the conversation.


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