Winter storm headed Kansas City’s way. Here’s where the heaviest snow is likely to fall

National Weather Service in Kansas City

A winter storm system passing just south of the Kansas City area is threatening to bring accumulating snow overnight Tuesday that would likely complicate the next morning’s commute, according to the National Weather Service in Kansas City.

Despite the storm taking a more southern track, snow is still expected in the Kansas City area, with the heaviest east of Interstate 35.

“There is still some forecast uncertainty with snow totals and timing,” the weather service said.

Between one and three inches of snow is possible in Kansas City, according to the weather service. The chance of the metro seeing more than two inches, however, falls to 55%, according to the weather service. The heaviest snow is expected to fall south and east of Kansas City, primarily along the Interstate 44, where totals could exceed four inches.

As the storm moves into the Kansas City area Tuesday night, it could briefly bring a mix of rain and snow. But as cold air moves in, any rain will transition to snow. The primary precipitation from this storm is expected to be snow, the weather service said.

The snowfall is expected to gradually taper off Wednesday morning, ending closer to noon, the weather service said.

Prior to the storm, the Kansas City area will see a calm but cold Monday and first half of Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to reach around 40 degrees on both days, a few degrees below what is typical. Temperatures on Wednesday will be in the mid- to upper 30s.

Although temperatures are not expected to climb above freezing on Thursday, warmer and more pleasant weather is expected to return by Friday, in the low to middle 40s.