Johnson County could get up to 2 inches of snow Monday in pre-Halloween winter storm

Snow begins to accumulate on a jack-o'-lantern on the front stoop of Post editor Kyle Palmer's house in Roeland Park early Monday morning. Photo credit Kyle Palmer.

The Kansas City metro is expected to get its first winter weather storm blast of the season Monday, with up to 2 inches of snow possible throughout much of the area.

Snow and freezing rain could snarl traffic during both the morning and evening commutes in Johnson County, but Shawnee Mission Schools is forging ahead with its plans to bring more students back for in-person learning on Monday.

What to expect: The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo., has issued a winter weather advisory in Johnson County, in effect from 4 a.m. Monday until 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.

By 6 a.m. Monday, snow was falling in northeast Johnson County. Forecasters expect it to continue to come down through the rest of the morning and into the early part of the afternoon. Around 3 p.m., snow is expected to then transition to freezing rain, which is forecast to continue through the evening rush hour and may keep falling late into the night.

Additionally, a hard freeze is expected Monday night, with temperatures overnight dropping into the teens.

“This is the first snow of the season, so if you have to drive, slow down and give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go,” the National Weather Service warned in a tweet.

Possible Impacts: Officials in Johnson County also warn that the season’s first winter storm in Kansas City could make driving difficult.

Meg Ralph, a spokesperson for the city of Overland Park, said, “Drivers should stay home if possible, leave plenty of space around other vehicles and leave extra time for their commutes.”

Meanwhile, the snow is set to arrive just as more students in Shawnee Mission Schools are expected to return to in-person learning.

The district on Monday is set to begin bringing elementary students who have chosen the district’s in-person learning model back to school full-time. Also, for the first time this year, the district is also welcoming back some middle and high school students for in-person learning.

But district spokesperson David Smith told the Post in a text Monday morning that “today is a regular school day” with no plans to cancel in-person classes.