Winter storm blankets Kansas City metro in snow. How many inches fell near you?

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A winter storm blanketed the Kansas City metro in snow Saturday as the National Weather Service encouraged people to stay home. Some people across the region, however, have more snow to dig out of than others.

The weather service continued urging drivers to be cautious Sunday morning as fog rolled in, reducing visibility, and snow that blew across the road overnight froze and created slick spots.

Nine-year-old Jace Stoddard of Kansas City sleds down a hill at Gillham Park. The two to four inches of snow that fell in the Kansas City area Saturday morning, Jan. 15, 2022, brought people out to play and enjoy the snow.
Nine-year-old Jace Stoddard of Kansas City sleds down a hill at Gillham Park. The two to four inches of snow that fell in the Kansas City area Saturday morning, Jan. 15, 2022, brought people out to play and enjoy the snow.

While Kirksville in northern Missouri saw the biggest pileup of powder Saturday, with eight inches, the Kansas City metro had its fair share of snow to shovel.

Here’s a look at how much snow fell in different corners of the metro and northwest Missouri, according to the weather service.

  • Liberty: 5.5 inches

  • Kansas City, as measured in the Plaza area: 4.2 inches

  • Kansas Speedway: 4 inches

  • Lee’s Summit: 3 inches

  • St. Joseph: 3 inches

  • Kansas City International airport: 2.9 inches

  • Olathe: 2.5 inches

While no more snow is in the immediate forecast, the temperature isn’t expected to get much above freezing Sunday.

The weather will start to warm up Monday, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with highs in the 40s. Tuesday will likely be the warmest day in the coming week, with a forecast high of 50 before temperatures plunge again.

Zach Leifried with Embassy Landscape Group braced himself against the blowback of snow as he worked to clear paths around buildings in North Kansas City. Two to four inches of snow fell in the Kansas City area Saturday morning, Jan. 15, 2022.
Zach Leifried with Embassy Landscape Group braced himself against the blowback of snow as he worked to clear paths around buildings in North Kansas City. Two to four inches of snow fell in the Kansas City area Saturday morning, Jan. 15, 2022.

Saturday officially marked the halfway point of the meteorological winter, the weather service also wrote on Twitter.

So far this winter, the Kansas City metro has been 6.7 degrees warmer than average. The region has averaged about 1 inch of precipitation and 2.4 inches of snow.

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