Missourians are digging out after a powerful storm dropped more than a foot of snow on the area, prompting Governor Jay Nixon and several city officials to declare a state of emergency. The hazardous conditions Thursday snarled traffic across the state, closed dozens of schools and business, and forced Kansas City International Airport to cancel hundreds of flights.
But residents may not be out of the clear just yet. Forecasters are predicting another round of snow on Sunday night and Monday. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jenni Laflin said that, at this time, it is too early to tell how much snow will fall on the region. “Some of the models are giving several inches and some are showing a mixture of rain and snow.”
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Travel on Friday remained treacherous across much of the KMZU listening area. Hundreds of plows and Missouri Department of Transportation officials worked throughout the night spreading salt and clearing roadways. Work is expected to continue this weekend as street crews and residents brace for round two in the battle of Mother Nature versus Missouri.
When it comes to long-range forecasts, some experts believe it will take weeks for the state to thaw because temperatures aren’t expected to exceed 40 degrees over the next several days.