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Heather Prewitt / KCUR

The 2014-2015 winter season hasn't been particularly white in the Kansas City metro area, but Wednesday's expected 1-3 inch snow accumulation and early dismissals by some area schools has us wondering: will this be the last chance kids will get to go careening down (mostly) snow-covered hills?

National Weather Service forecaster Jared Leighton says probably not.

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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.

January 12, 1888, began as an exceptionally warm winter day. Farmers were tending to their fields as boys and girls raced to school with no coats or gloves. 

Mid-morning in the Dakotas and around afternoon dismissal in Nebraska, hurricane-force winds and torrential snow engulfed the plains. By midnight, wind-chills had plummeted to 40 below zero.

The next morning, up to 500 people lay dead on the prairie, many of them school children, who died while trying to find their way home.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Kansas City Aviation Department

At least four inches of springtime snow will punctuate the Kansas City area weekend. And eight inches of heavy snow will be common in some areas of the metro.

Forecasters are predicting 6 to 10 inches of heavyweight snow moving into the area on Saturday. The snow, beginning with rain or mixed precipitation, is likely to continue into Sunday.

With snow melting and refreezing now might be the time of year when your experiencing some of the more unpleasant and wet sides of home ownership.  Donald Jonas joins us to help navigate what to do when we find leaks, and how to prevent them.

Preventing Roof Collapses

Mar 4, 2013

The heavy snow last week caused several roof collapses around the Kansas City area. And several more buildings were evacuated for fear of a collapse, including a Macy’s in Overland Park.  KCUR’s Dan Verbeck sat down with Overland Park Code Administrator, Tim Ryan, to find out more about addressing and preventing roof collapses.

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Kansas City area residents have fought their way out of a second major snowstorm in less than a week. Some areas got upwards of a foot of new snow.

Central Standard brings a live update from those working on the front lines of the second major snow storm to hit the mid-west in under a week.  Guests include Andy Bailey from the  National Weather Service, Steve Porter from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Sean Demory from the Public Works Department of Kansas City Missouri and Captain Steve Young of the KCPD.
 


Frank Morris / KCUR

This snowstorm brought the added burden of power outages, so wet and heavy it tore down trees and lines. There was a heavier snow on the south side of the metro.

Snow Update: Power Still Out For Many

Feb 26, 2013
Matthew Long-Middleton / KCUR

"Snowpocalypse 2" brought upwards of a foot of snow to some parts of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The storm shut down schools and businesses, and knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents.

Annie McMahill / KCUR

The recent run of severe weather has resulted in extensive power outages and downed power lines throughout Kansas City, Mo. Tens of thousands throughout the metro are without power.

Because of the higher temps this storm (~ 33 degrees), the snow is very moist and heavy, resulting in accumulation on trees and power lines. This accumulation is causing trees and power lines to sag and is a greater risk of downed power lines.

KCP&L has called in additional personnel and are progressing through restoration. 

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Update Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. Due to the weather, polling places have been consolidated in both Wyandotte and Johnson Counties. Find polling places for Wyandotte County here and Johnson County here

More Snow, Whiteout Conditions Expected Monday Night

Feb 25, 2013
Chris Prewitt / KCUR

Some areas were reporting light snow and ice in the early hours of Monday evening. The storm is expected to continue through Tuesday afternoon.

Beth Lipoff

Whether you're lining up to vote or hitting the slopes, the snow will affect your day Tuesday.

Record Snow And More Possibly On The Way

Feb 22, 2013
Frank Morris / KCUR

This snowstorm was a record-breaker, dumping the most snow Kansas City has ever seen on a February 21st.  Kansas City got 9.2 inches at KCI, but some towns in the area saw even more snow than that.

Belton and Leawood both got 11.5 inches; Roeland Park totaled 12 inches, and Overland Park received the most, some 13 and a half inches. 

Snow Snarls Traffic, More Snow Expected

Feb 21, 2013
Frank Morris / KCUR

It was a bad day to try to get around in Kansas City. KCI essentially closed at mid-morning with about 300 flights cancelled. Although flights are expected to resume later tonight, more cancellations are all but certain tomorrow morning. Driving was terrible, too.

Laura Ziegler / KCUR

A day of municipal mayhem is winding to a close.

The Kansas City Star’s Eric Adler writes that the whiteout of February 21, 2013 is a “100-year storm,” according to the record books. 

Many officials and citizens would probably agree.

The morning started with a snow dump. Some areas got several inches in several hours, according to the National Weather Service.

Frank Morris / KCUR

You know it's bad when the host of Up to Date needs a push into the parking lot at KCUR.

Balmy Turns Brutal In Kansas City Weather

Jan 29, 2013
Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Kansas City began Tuesday with a temperature of 68 degrees.  Most indicators point to overnight snow in the Kansas City region.

Gusting Winds Cause Difficulties For Drivers

Dec 20, 2012
Bill Anderson / KCUR

Wind speed was one of the chief concerns Thursday morning as the first real snow of the season pummeled parts of the region.

Photo courtesy of MoDot

The Kansas City metropolitan area started gearing up yesterday for the season's first winter storm. One to three inches of snow was forecast for the area overnight.

Bill Anderson / KCUR

The Kansas City metro area experienced its first winter storm overnight Wednesday. Strong winds contributed to whiteout conditions for the morning rush hour. Dozens of schools are closed Thursday including Blue Valley, Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City Public Schools, Lawrence, and Shawnee Mission.

KC Parks Warn Of Fallout From Budget Cuts

Feb 23, 2012

A storm warning has been sent to Kansas City by a city department that performs much of the snow plowing during and after major winter storms.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Snow disrupted a lot of schedules this week. And for some people, it was a welcome disruption. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has this audio postcard of Thursday's snow day in Kansas City, and how some local businesses, from restaurants to Sporting Kansas City (formerly the Wizards), are trying to benefit from the inclement weather.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Snow days can either be a bane or a boon to business. Some local restaurants tried to drum up customers today by offering special "snow day" deals.

At Spin Pizza south of the Plaza, manager Roger Formanek says snow days can be unpredictable, and often dead. But today Spin offered a "crummy weather voucher": 20% off to people on the email list, and a warning to "Be Safe When You Drive." And he says it worked.

"Literally, almost every guest has the coupon in hand or on their phone," he said. "We'll take it either way."