Johnson County slammed by snow with up to 8 inches expected — Here’s when it could stop

Snow blanketed the Kansas City region Thursday morning, falling at a rate of 1 to 3 inches per hour in late morning. Above, a hardy dog walker out in Fairway, near Bishop Miege High School. Photo credit Kyle Palmer.

As predicted, today’s snow storm is hitting Johnson County heavily.  

With nearly five inches of snow this morning, the National Weather Service predicts a possible cumulative total of up to nine inches in the area by the end of today.

“Areas of blowing snow early in the afternoon,” the NWS’s forecast center said Thursday morning. “Snow early in the afternoon, then a chance of snow late in the afternoon. Much colder. Snow may be heavy at times early in the afternoon. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times early in the afternoon.”

According to early forecasts, the Kansas City metro should start to see the snow wind down by roughly 3 p.m. Thursday, as the storm continues to move east.

Kansas City had already received an inch of snow by 6 a.m. and saw an increase of 1-2 inches per hour through lunch time.

That window between 6 a.m. and noon was predicted to be the heaviest window of snowfall Thursday.

The NWS said snow was generally falling more heavily on the southern side of the metro area and into central Missouri.

A total 24-hour snowfall analysis from today will be reportable 24 hours after snow has stopped falling.

Temperatures were expected to dip down to near 10 degrees overnight into Friday, potentially refreezing roads and making driving on Thursday evening and Friday morning potentially hazardous.

Power outages due to the accumulated ice and snow did not seem to be a broadly felt issue as of midday Thursday.

Reported power outages to Evergy had reached less than 300 total customers by 10:47 a.m.

The Kansas Highway Patrol also reported a surge of weather-related vehicle incidents and backups throughout the area from this morning.

Kansas City Scout’s traffic-tracking incident map showed at least 12 vehicle crashes across the Kansas City area this morning.

Local districts such as the Shawnee Mission School District and the Blue Valley School District were closed Thursday as a result of the snowstorm.

Kansas City International Airport also reported several flight cancellations and delays this morning, due to reduced visibility and safety.

Residents are encouraged to stay home and avoid travel until road conditions improve, if possible.