Science & Environment

Tell KCUR: For You, What’s The First Sign of Spring?

Mar 17, 2014
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Spring makes its official debut on Thursday.  

But we want to know what you think are the more telling indicators that winter is behind us.

Perhaps it’s March Madness basketball or the blooming of tulips.

Maybe spring is here when it’s warm enough to go outside without a jacket — or when Easter candy hits the stores.

Tell KCUR: For you, what’s the first sign of spring?

file photo / Kansas News Service

  Updated 7:19 p.m.

Snowy, winter weather made another visit to the Kansas City area over the weekend, bringing multiple inches of snow and subzero temperatures to the region. 

Snow packed roads, ice and continuing temperatures below freezing prompted many area schools to cancel or delay classes for Monday. The list below will be updated as closures and cancelations come in.

courtesy: National Weather Service

Sleet, snow, and possibly a record low temperature for March - it's all moving our way.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Kansas City metro area in effect from Saturday at 6 p.m. to Monday at midnight. According to the NWS, four to eight inches of snow is possible, as well as up to one inch of sleet.

MoDOT Prepares For The Next Winter Storm

Feb 7, 2014

The state of Missouri is shipping fresh supplies to storage barns in Kansas City, but there is no guarantee there will be enough to last until spring.

A tractor trailer loaded with salt pulled into a Lee’s Summit storage dome Thursday within minutes of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's arrival for a press conference.

The dome was last filled six weeks ago, but it was virtually empty after recent snowstorms.

Missouri Department of Transportation Director, David Nichols says salt is being shipped into and then around the state to meet demand.

@TutoriousKC

Snow days in Kansas City mean sledding with the kids and game nights with friends.

But snow days also have brought once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like a first kiss or making a new set of friends on a stalled bus, according to feedback from our listeners this week.

Thousands of Kansas Citians found themselves at home this week during a snowstorm that dropped 10 or more inches across the metro area.

Heather Prewitt

Updated: Wednesday, 7:49 p.m.

Here we go again. Some school districts across the Kansas City metro are calling for another snow day Thursday as a result of snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures.

The following schools have canceled or delayed classes for Thursday, Feb. 6:

No Business Like Snow Business

Feb 4, 2014
HubertK / Flickr-CC

Forget the responsibilities a snow day brings for a moment and embrace your inner child. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we want your suggestions for the best sledding hill in KC. Plus, we all grumble about shoveling snow, so what’s the best way to do it? We talk with an expert to get you some tips and recommend the best kind of shovel.

Peggy Lowe / KCUR

Heavy snow blanketed the Kansas City metro Tuesday, bringing a snow day for most students and a holiday (or work-from-home day) for many adults.

We rounded up photos in the slideshow above from KCUR employees for a glimpse of what is going on across the metro.

We also compiled photos from social media users in the region, you can see their photos below:

Updated: Tuesday, 9:34 p.m.

A winter storm moved across the Kansas City metro Tuesday bringing heavy snow to the region. Forecasters expect snow to stop falling by early Wednesday, but the amount of snow will close some schools for the second consecutive day.

The Top Sledding Hills In Kansas City

Feb 4, 2014
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If you're itching to get out there today with your saucer or sled and cruise down some hills, we've got recommendations for the best sledding hill in the metro area.

Courtesy / MoDOT

This story was originally published Feb. 4, 2014

Kansas City area drivers may not love multi-inch snowfalls but since 2005 they have stood a better chance of getting through it. That was the first time something called a “tow-plow” showed up on highways and it was created in Kansas City as one-of-kind. Since those days, its use has spread to other parts of the county. 

The contraption is pulled behind a truck instead of pushed from the front.

Efficiency of the 'tow-plow'

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Kansas Citians are pretty accustomed to snow days after the past 12 months.

A year ago, a winter storm clobbered Kansas City with 20.5 inches of snow.

The February snowfall, which made it into the record books at the National Weather Service,  preceded several other severe snow storms that hit Kansas City in 2013.

A winter storm that is expected to move across the Kansas City metro area Tuesday has prompted the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot) to urge people to stay home, if possible.

"This storm is forecast to shape up much like the heavy snow we faced nearly a year ago," said MoDOT engineer Dan Niec, in a release Monday.

Niec said in February 2013 many employers sent workers home midday after they realized how heavy the snow was falling, clogging highways and interstates and bringing snow removal efforts to a standstill.

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Updated: Tuesday, 7:18 a.m.

A storm is expected to move across the Kansas City area Tuesday bringing moderate to heavy snowfall.

A winter storm warning has been issued for 6 a.m. Tuesday until at least 9 a.m. Wednesday. Forecasters expect 6-10 inches of snow, with the heaviest accumulations across the Kansas City metro and the northern part of Missouri.

Due to the severe weather, the following schools have canceled classes:

The following schools are closed on Monday, February 3:

Winter weather is expected to move across the Kansas City area this weekend, likely bringing freezing rain, snow and ice.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Kansas City metro. Ice accumulations on Saturday are expected to be less than an inch, Saturday night could see up to eight inches of snow.

Mandela Service Set For Saturday Canceled

Dec 13, 2013

A celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela set for Saturday at the Kansas City Library – Plaza Branch has been postponed due to winter weather.

A Kansas City committee that included Lebert Schultz, honorary consul for South Africa, made the decision late Friday morning, said Karen Zimmerman, a member of the organizing committee.

The group chose to err on the side of caution, she said, as an ice storm hit Kansas City on Friday and more poor weather was expected for the next few days.

“It’s sad, but I think it’s the right choice for us at this point,” Zimmerman said.

Updated 3:04 p.m.

Rain is expected to continue this afternoon with snow tonight and overnight, according to an update from the National Weather Service.

In the latest report, NWS forecasters say: "Light snow accumulations will be possible with a dusting to 3" in the local area. Snow will end by daybreak Saturday, with a chilly day anticipated."

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the metro area through 9 a.m. on Saturday.

School and community closings (Saturday)

Drought conditions are again plaguing the northern half of Missouri, according to the latest U.S. drought monitor report.

Right now, a large portion of north central Missouri is experiencing severe drought, with most of the rest of northern Missouri is in moderate drought. 

Anthony Artusa is with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center at the University of Maryland.

Labor Day Promises Heat Relief In Kansas City Metro

Aug 30, 2013

Metro Kansas City is baking in what may turn out to be the hottest day of the calendar year, August 30.

That could be a hundred degrees or higher.

Spotty rain is expected before the holiday weekend is half way through.

Downtown is 6.25 inches below the norm for the year, Olathe by more than 3.5.

Data shows even more dehydration if one considers the period June through August with Olathe scoring a mere  7.4 inches. That amounts to a summertime deficit of 6.02 inches.

Relief is anticipated within a matter of days.

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