Kansas City will likely dodge the big icicle early today, forecasters say, but a cold front late today could change rain into an ice storm.
A swath of the Midwest from Oklahoma through central Kansas and into Northwest Missouri did get severe ice conditions overnight and this morning, said Julie Adolphson, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. Ice one-inch thick was reported at St. Joseph and Maryville.
Areas north of Kansas City got more rain, up to two inches, and slightly colder temperatures, leading to more ice.
Tree tops and limbs are bent downward by ice in the Northland that is about a quarter-inch thick. But traffic is moving on roads that are wet but passable. Less ice was reported south of the city.
“Surface temperatures are just warm enough, being just around freezing, so there was not as much accumulation,” Adolphson said. “The treatment ahead of time and during the storm has kept the roads open.”
Parking lots, driveways and sidewalks that have not been treated with salt or ice-melting chemical are slick.
But after 3 p.m. today, ice problems could get more severe in the metro area.
A cold front is at the Missouri-Iowa border and moving southward, Adolphson. That could drop temperatures below freezing and allow more ice buildup on trees and roads as rain continues. Plus, moisture already on roads could freeze.
“The good news is that as night approaches, and on to midnight, the rain will likely taper off,” she said, although some scattered snow flurries are possible on Wednesday.
Another potential storm that could bring light snow is on track to arrive in the area Friday evening, Adolphson said.