Late winter storm brings heavy snow to Kansas, Missouri

March 10, 2022 GMT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A late winter storm moved over Kansas and much of Missouri starting Thursday morning, snarling traffic and leading schools to cancel in-person classes — just 10 days before the official start of spring.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Thursday for most of the northern half of Kansas and parts of central and western Missouri, including Kansas City and surrounding communities. The warning was set to expire early Friday morning.

The heaviest snow was expected in central Kansas, where up to 8 inches (20.3 centimeters) was forecast to fall, according to weather service. The Kansas City area was expected to get up to 7 inches (17.8 centimeters).

The weather service issued a winter weather advisory for much of the rest of Kansas and Missouri. St. Louis was expected to get around 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snow, while areas north, such as Hannibal, Missouri, were expected to see up to 7 inches (17.8 centimeters) of snow by early Friday.