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Wow, what a storm system and now we do have blowing snow. It has been tougher on the snow removal crews as the snow blows back onto already cleared roads. Be careful as you go out and please give yourself extra time to get to your destination. If you are in a hurry then we tend to go a bit too fast. The road conditions should improve as we go through the day.
New bands of snow are forming up the state line between Omaha and Kansas City. These snow bands are rotating south around the upper level storm. Some areas may get additional dusting to 1/4 inch accumulations today.
We are tracking another system for Wednesday night. More on this later.
Brett Anthony will be going over some snowfall totals on Kansas City Live at 10 AM. Please send in your totals. We will do a list on the blog this afternoon. Include in your seasonal total if you have one.
We had drizzle, then rain, then sleet, then snow. Winter has some more time left. Remember the biggest snowstorm in KC history occurred in March.
Posted by at February 13, 2007 7:56 AM
Measured 5.1" at 7am this morning in Raytown, with a light flurries still coming down. Wind was picking up and starting to blow the snow around.
Posted by: Jeff at February 13, 2007 8:03 AM
5" in Prairie Village. Light flurries and some blowing snow. Very pretty outside.
Posted by: Gregg at February 13, 2007 8:09 AM
3 inches in Harrissonville our season totals are 24 inches of snow 2.5 inches of sleet and a total of .6 of ice
Posted by: Brent at February 13, 2007 8:12 AM
2.5" up north of the river near Barry Road & North Oak.
So far, we've had 8" of snow this winter.
Posted by: spotterSeVeN at February 13, 2007 8:18 AM
Measured 5.1" at 7am this morning in Raytown, with a light flurries still coming down. Wind was picking up and starting to blow the snow around.
Posted by: Jeff at February 13, 2007 8:20 AM
We had 2" in Paola at 5 a.m.
Posted by: Kathy at February 13, 2007 8:20 AM
3.0" in Overland Park, near 103rd and Roe.
Posted by: Jerry at February 13, 2007 8:23 AM
5" on the NW side of Olathe
Posted by: Pam at February 13, 2007 8:24 AM
5.5 compacted inches of snow in Blue Springs. That would put my total at my house to 20.0". How much snow actually compacted down?
How much snow would we have gotten if this storm was all snow?
Posted by: Brian Kirk at February 13, 2007 8:28 AM
We had 5" in Blue Springs
Posted by: Gary at February 13, 2007 8:32 AM
You can add 1.5 inches of sleet and snow to my 20 inches of snow in Blue Springs. I didn't include that in my original total.
Posted by: Brian Kirk at February 13, 2007 8:34 AM
Lee's Summit - 5" with drift of 7"
Posted by: Jacob at February 13, 2007 8:41 AM
Yah! I just hope it doesn't warm up. I wish we could go through a winter where nothing melts! I could always move to the Arctic, but wheres the fun of tornados up there!!
Posted by: Andrew at February 13, 2007 8:45 AM
Northern Leavenworth County, Extreme Eastern Jefferson County KS- Spingdale/McLouth areas, I am suprised that we did not get much more than we did. Because the same amount of snow was on the ground at 10PM last night as there was at 4AM this morning, It came down very hard and we received mostly all the accumulation within a 3 hour time frame and what happened after that leaves me boggled. I saw the radar on your forecast at 10, it looked like we were going to get atleast 4-8". I woke up twice, once at 12am and once at 2am. Just flurries both times, I was shocked! Im not sure if we even had 3". But there are 1 to 3ft drifts in the country so its hard telling. I did see lightening and heard thunder twice during the heaviest of the snow, I thought for sure we were going to get it then. I work an hour from home in Overland Park and it has clearly snowed alot more here. But maybe it appears that way because it is not nearly as windy here.
So if I had to estimate a total on accumulations it would be 2.5" for Mclouth/Springdale area, with large drifts in alot of locations.
Posted by: Brett at February 13, 2007 8:47 AM
Posted by: Mark Moor at February 13, 2007 8:56 AM
We received 4 inches in at my house in Grandview.. That makes our total for the year 20 inches of frozen precip.. 17 inches of that being snow.
Got to tell ya, my Huskies are loving the snow this morning.
Posted by: Bill Hale at February 13, 2007 8:57 AM
We have around 3" of snow here in Fayette, Mo. And its still coming!
Posted by: Kelly at February 13, 2007 8:58 AM
5.4 inches outside of the Sunflower Broadband offices here in Lawrence (yes I work here). Could have been a drift but it looks pretty level.
Posted by: Shawn at February 13, 2007 9:00 AM
5 1/2" near 48th and N Brighton. By the way the streets in my neighborhood have not been touched as of 9:04 am
Posted by: Donald in KC North at February 13, 2007 9:04 AM
Not much in Pleasanton KS this time. Maybe a 1/4 of an inch. Our season total is 29 1/4.
Wishing for more!! Monica
Posted by: Monica at February 13, 2007 9:07 AM
I just measured our snowfall here in North Kansas City. There is 4 1/2 inches in our front yard.
Posted by: Betty Ware at February 13, 2007 9:07 AM
A few days ago you mentioned you would do an update on the weather pattern theory. Did I miss it or is it still to come? I would imagine it gave us a pretty accurate look at the winter and what is left of it. Now I'm interested to hear what our spring may look like. I'm a fan of good ol' thunderstorms as long as no one gets hurt in them. I'm hoping the active winter weather will translate to a much more active spring/summer than last year.
There just hasn't been time. The weather has been so active and it isn't slowing down yet.
Posted by: Erin at February 13, 2007 9:10 AM
Posted by: Craig at February 13, 2007 9:23 AM
We got 3 inches out here in Shawnee. Looking forward to the next round of snow on Weds.!!!
Wednesday would likely be flurries or very light snow. Keep an eye out for around Feb. 25th!
Posted by: Allison at February 13, 2007 9:24 AM
We have 5" of new snow here on Metcalf between Stilwell and Louisburg, KS. It was pouring rain at 6:00 p.m. yesterday, and still raining lightly at 10:30 last night, so there is 1/4" of ice under the snow. It is blowing and drifting now, and very cold!
Posted by: Susan at February 13, 2007 9:27 AM
3" in North Smithville
Posted by: Renee at February 13, 2007 9:31 AM
A beautiful 4.75" in Roeland Park
Posted by: Jay Coffelt at February 13, 2007 9:45 AM
I wont go into a long dissertation, but my 6-8 from 54hrs out was just a hair off. Looks like 5-8. Also my sequence of events, was almost dead on. Gary, I can only imagine how proud you feel day after day when you nail the forecasts! I did it once, and feel pretty good!
You were just lucky (LOL). Just kidding. No, you did pretty good with this storm and you should be proud. But look how it came together. Just like we thought there were a few upper level centers to the storm. We were fortunate to get what we got. I am very happy about our forecast as well. But for you....GREAT JOB!
Posted by: Scott at February 13, 2007 9:47 AM
worlds of fun area about 3 1/2- 4" here.
Posted by: nikie at February 13, 2007 9:51 AM
Knob Noster has picked up about 5 inches of snow from the storm.
Posted by: Tyler at February 13, 2007 9:53 AM
Hello Weather team.
3 inches in SW part of the city of Leavenworth
Posted by: Ben Tracy at February 13, 2007 10:02 AM
Do you think this was winters hurrah at decent snowfall. I dont expect the temperatures to be this cold again but I do enjoy watching the snow come down.
Thanks and keep up the good work
No! It think there are two or three more good chances of snow still likely.
Posted by: kw at February 13, 2007 10:36 AM
Smithville has about 3.5 inches. Its a great site outside
Posted by: John at February 13, 2007 10:44 AM
Good morning all - about 4 1/2 inches here at the kcmo & Raytown line (zip 64129)
Posted by: Steven Warehime at February 13, 2007 10:54 AM
I am guessing around 4" in the Shoal Creek area of KC. We had around 3 when I went to bed a little after 2 a.m., but the wind has blown it all over the place, making it difficult to get an accurate reading.
Best part of the storm was looking out by back door just before going to bed. I saw snow falling under the street light and three deer walking up NE 76th St. They were strolling along the side of the road until a car came the other way a few minutes later.
Posted by: Matt P at February 13, 2007 11:02 AM
Went outside and measured maybe a quarter to half inch of snow. However, with blowing snow we have a two foot snowdrift between our cars. For the season 15 inches, not includin sleet or freezing rain.
Posted by: Kimberley at February 13, 2007 11:17 AM
I have to admit I was a bit disappointed with the tracking of this storm. It seems it was practically upon us before your team understood what kind of snow would result. Even then those of us in the south were said to receive just an inch and we ended up with close to 5 in Pleasant Hill. The track of the storm seemed to mirror previous tracks this storm season yet it seems you were expecting it to do something different. Was it a storm THAT much out of the ordinary? Also, seems the weather service was behind the ball on this one as well as there was no winter storm warning issued yet the snow and sleet totals indicate that one should have been issued. I guess I expect more out of your weather team. I hope it is OK to post this as it often seems folks are afraid to offer any criticism on this blog and only offer glowing admiration.
Of course I will post this. Sometimes some of you get mad when I get defensive. I just think it was another forecast you are talking about. By Monday we thought you would get around 4 to 5 inches of snow and this is what we predicted beginning with Brett Monday morning and my forecasts at 5,6, and 10 PM. Over the weekend I was thinking all along this would fall into areas further south, but also hit the northern areas on the first wave. So, this is no surprise. We thought further south than you there could be 1 to 2 inches though. So, you are correct in saying that we upped the totals when it was practically upon us. We knew there was some potential for this but as I stated in the blogs there were many problems with this storm. It still acted like a strange storm with some strange heavy bands of snow. But, it isn't like this storm was a surprise. Last Friday night I said a snowstorm could hit Monday night! I hope I am not being defensive. LOL
Anyway, does it really matter that much. Even if we forecast 1 or 2 inches and you get 5 this forecast would be considered very good to me. Now, if you would have had 10 inches or more then I would say we blew it.
Posted by: Dale at February 13, 2007 12:18 PM
3.5" in Tonganoxie, preceded by 0.44" of rain yesterday.
This snowfall brings the seasonal total to a measly 10.4" (of frozen precip: sleet/snow).
Posted by: Jake at February 13, 2007 12:19 PM
Hey Gary!!!!!! We have 2 inches in drexel..... Circled the 25, cant wait!!!
Posted by: Adam at February 13, 2007 12:25 PM
Finally ventured outside this morning. I measured different places in the backyard and got between 6-6 1/2 each time so I think it would be safe to say we have 6 inches up in St. Joseph. I'm very happy to finally get a snow day!
Posted by: Kim at February 13, 2007 12:27 PM
roughly 5 inches in Marshall
Posted by: Darin at February 13, 2007 12:28 PM
Hey Gary, I'm back!
Haha, I love snow, and what a time for me to come back and comment on your blogs. Been awhile, busy here, long story not needed here, but been real busy with school/work/2nd time dad/computer problems heh.
Well, for your show tonight, if you like, you said Brett was going to use snow totals. Here I measured at noon, 4.5 inches in un-drifted/flat area here in Grain Valley, MO. I took like 4 measurements, all reading the same. Thought I'd add our measurements here to give a good range to use tonight. Looking forward to the next snow storm!
Thanks for the total.
Posted by: GVWX at February 13, 2007 12:50 PM
Gary, when things slow down and you have time, maybe you can give us your thoughts on this winter's letter grade to date? Personally, I'd give it at least a C. Another couple snow "events" or one snow "storm" and I would say that this winter, factoring in this 30+ cold stretch, has earned a B. Until then, a C seems fair to me...at least for the metro...with maybe an A to a B down south...and a D for some places north.
At this moment I am placing my grade for the winter as an A-. Now, if you live up north then it is a C-, and down south it is an A+. Keep in mind it isn't over yet. If nothing happens the rest of the way then I may downgrade a bit, but this has been entertaining and it produced.
Posted by: Jay Coffelt at February 13, 2007 12:53 PM
Hi! Just measured 4 1/2" at 83rd & Santa Fe in OP. Double-checked on two diffent hard surfaces.
Posted by: CJ at February 13, 2007 1:06 PM
Posted by: Jim at February 13, 2007 1:20 PM
"Remember the biggest snowstorm in KC history occurred in March."
Of last year? Or in earlier KC history? Im waiting for Feb.25 to bring us maybe an even BIGGER snow event. Doubt it, but maybe even bigger than the one you were talking about, the biggest one in Kansas City's history.
March, 1912. 25 inches fell.
Posted by: Alden at February 13, 2007 1:36 PM
So Gary with the LRC and even though it looks like a super duper warm up next week wil there be another shot of cold air within the next 10 days which would line up with the LRC and produce another storm? By the way I think I blogged the amount in the Topeka/Berryton area of 2 inches and so far for the year we have 7.4 big ones. Thanks for your hard work. Michael/Topeka/Berryton
This is truly amazing that you are at 7.4" for the year. Maybe, just maybe one big snowstorm is in the cards for you.
Posted by: Mike Huffman at February 13, 2007 1:40 PM
Here in Atchison kansas we had about 3.5 in my back yard.Dont know if wind had any effect on that mesurement.
Posted by: Tony at February 13, 2007 1:44 PM
I just wanted to thank you and your team for the hard work you guys put in day in and day out! My family and I appreciate your dedication and passion for giving the KC area dependable forcasts.
A comment on a previous entry...Dale, RELAX! Weather predicting is not a exact science. Nature does not always annouce what it is going to do. These guys do their best, and if you don't like it, don't listen to it. You act as if you paid for the forecast from weather team, and since you didn't get what you wanted, you are demanding your money back. If you are upset about getting to work late, then get up earlier. If not, then take a degree in meterology and figure it out yourself!
Thanks again guys for your dedication!
Thanks. I don't think he was that upset. But, the forecast was fine. As soon as the storm started to produce we made the correct adjustments, for the most part.
Posted by: Avery at February 13, 2007 1:56 PM
You guys did a great job all week and pretty much nailed the very difficult forecast. You warned that the heavy snow could shift south, but its hard not to recognize a heavy snow warning.
The NWS really dropped the ball on this one.
Not only did they miss the heavy snow up north, they never cancelled the warnings to reflect a change in the pattern. I know they were busy with many cities and such a big storm, but the local office is just too slow when its obvious they goofed. It is so nice to have such advances in local weather. I remember the days (before the internet) of waiting for the 8's to get the local radar on TWC.
Wasnt it a blast walking the dogs in the heavy snow?? My sheltie cant stand the rain but loves the snow.
Again, great job and get some rest, the 25th isn't too far away!!!
Thanks! We had talked all weekend on how the heaviest snow looks like it will be north, but it most likely will be south. Why? Because the 850 mb low formed and intensified to the south, amongst other reasons. Anyway, it is hard not to jump all over a radar trend like last nights heavy band of snow through St. Joseph. It just weakened just as they issued the Heavy Snow Warning.
Posted by: joe at February 13, 2007 2:08 PM
Even with the storm that came through the seasonal total for KCI is still not up to 10 inches. I can not believe there is still such a huge disparity in seasonal snowfall totals across the local region. Also, I saw a storm on the 6Z GFS around the 25th! The GRC looks to be coming through again with a very active pattern to finish off the month.
That 25th storm may or may not show up. But when forecasting that far out there is around a 4 day window for the same set up and storm to occur. It could be as late as the first or second of March. But, that storm on the latest models certainly has a similar look to it.
Posted by: Devin at February 13, 2007 2:20 PM
Measured 3" in S KC near 103rd and Wornall. 16.0" even for season, including the ice.
Thanks for the reports. I drove right by their on my way to work today. There is definitely one more inch here on the Plaza than at your place.
Posted by: Gary Goodnow at February 13, 2007 2:40 PM
4 inches on the level in south O.P. about 162nd and Nall. This puts us at 21.5 inches for the year (9 inches on Nov. 30 really helped!).
I'll blog tomorrow on ice thickness. We are still ice fishing, but the ice never layered beyond 7-8 inches on the main lakes. I have some thoughts on that I'll write tomorrow. I'll also email you some ice fishing and ice measurement pics we took over the weekend.
Great job on the storm! I think you're right; some people flip around and get different forecasts confused. There's no need to flip around!!! Honestly, I actually become irritated watching other local forecasts. It's fun to look at models and visit the NOAA site, but for accuracy and real information there's only one place to go: GARY'S BLOG!!!
Posted by: Brad at February 13, 2007 2:53 PM
Hey Gary got 2 inches of snow here in Appleton City dont know how much has packed down. Measurement was taken at 3pm today. I lost how much snow we have had this season but i have posted it before so could u just add this to the total i posted before. Thanks you guys were right on the money down here dont know bout anywhere else. Good Job.
Thanks. This puts you up to 28 inches this season.
Posted by: daniel at February 13, 2007 3:01 PM
5.5 inches of snow in Blue Springs 1 mile west of Grain Valley for today and 21.4 inches for the year.
I put you down for 5.7"
Posted by: David Pollard at February 13, 2007 5:43 PM