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Saturday, December 12, 2009

CSW BREAKING: 1 Dead - 1 Grave Condition In KC-MO Shooting



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etails are pending- but around 3:42 am- police report 2 shooting victims in the 3100 block of East 54th Street in south-midtown Kansas City MO..


One male died at the address- a 2nd "19-year-old male" victim "shot in the head" and 2 other places rushed to a hospital by MAST-EMS in very critical to grave condition.

This is possibly related to a shot-up car found crashed into a pole around 2:40 am in the 2900 block of East 35th Street but that's not yet linked.
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Don't Drink and Drive- Olathe KS Story



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round 1:46 am- an off-duty law enforcement officer reportedly witnessed a car hit a median guardrail at freeway speed and bounce across the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 - coming to rest on the foot of the northbound on-ramp from Santa Fe in Olathe.




The careening car seemingly missed any other traffic on the busy Metro freeway and came to rest at the foot of the northbound ramp from Santa Fe.

Both airbags in the mid-size car deployed- but the 40-year-old male driver was not seatbelted.

The off-duty LEO reported the man was at first unconscious in the wrecked car- but he had "come to" according to an Olathe officer a few minutes later.


MEDACT-EMS 1151 arrived and loaded the driver up for a ride to a nearby trauma center- he had possible head and other serious injuries.

The MEDACT-EMS paramedic also stated their patient was obviously intoxicated.

Olathe police were wrapping up their investigation with charges likely against the driver.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Westar Utilty Makes Unpopular Decision On Lawrence KS Trees



R
ather than bury their power lines or raise them- Westar- Lawrence's electric utility- has decided to chop down trees infringing on their power lines at a downtown Lawrence park- says The LAWRENCE (KS) JOURNAL WORLD.


The trees will be removed "in and near Watson Park" the LJW reports.
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CSW BREAKING: Deer Rescue In Bonner Springs KS



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t 1:05 pm- Bonner Springs police had asked for fire department assistance to rescue an injured deer stuck on or in the ice at Lake of The Woods which is north of K-32 in eastern Bonner Springs.


Officers reported the deer was "bleeding" and the rescue is underway as of this post.

More here as received....
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Visible Satellite Photo of US- Central States Snowcover



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emperatures this morning plunged to as low as -15-degrees below zero in southwestern Iowa and just to double-digit below-zero readings in the northern Kansas City MetroRegion around Maryville and Rockport MO.


Shown here are 2 perspectives of the snowcover over the United Corporate States of America as well as the Central States region.

That snowpack will keep air masses moving south from Canada well refrigerated with little to no chance of much modification until the snowpack melts- with at least 2 more storms seen on weather models later this month.

At least many of us in the Central States MAY see a white Christmas this year....
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DeSoto KS Continues Bike Ban On 83rd Street



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he De Soto City Council has continued the ban against bicyclists on 83rd Street east of Kill Creek Road in northern Johnson County KS- although that thoroughfare is the most direct route to the larger cities to the east such as Lenexa and Shawnee- says The DESOTO EXPLORER.


(Photo courtesy of The DeSoto EXPLORER)

This is odd as I don't know of any other streets in Metro Kansas City that bicyclists are flat-out banned from using- but as most of you know in Johnson County- the car is king.
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A Winter Wonderland In Chillicothe MO



T
his holiday-themed photo is courtesy of The CHILLICOTHE (MO) CONSTITUTION-TRIBUNE from a park in that Livingston County city.

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Strange Light Over Norway- UFO or Russian Missile?



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ussia denies any test firings- but- as shown at UK's The DAILY NEWS and in these borrowed images- the light which came over Norway in a spiral- it was a spectacular phenomena.


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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

BREAKING: KC-MO- Vehicles Off The Road- Slowdown- South I-435 South Of 63rd Street



T
he salt on the wet roads isn't doing much good with the current air temp. at 12-degrees.


These vehicles have slid off southbound I-435 north of 63rd Street.

USE CAUTION!!!
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CENTRAL STATES: One Storm-Related Death In Nebraska



T
he late-fall snowstorm is moving out of Nebraska- but not before causing at least 1 storm-related fatality.


The OMAHA WORLD-HERALD is reporting a woman died in southwest Omaha after a privately-owned snowplow backed over the woman in an apartment building complex.

Parts of eastern Nebraska has received up to a foot of snow from this powerful storm which is now centered north of Chicago.

(Tuesday evening photo courtesy of The OMAHA WORLD-HERALD)
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CENTRAL STATES: Iowa Snowed Under



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ore than a foot of snow and blizzard conditions across the State of Iowa is making travel difficult- if not impossible in some areas of the Hawkeye State- according to The DES MOINES REGISTER.


(Tuesday afternoon photo courtesy of The DES MOINES REGISTER)
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Weather Update and Select Traffic Camera Views Around JoCo-KS



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bout another inch or two of snow has fallen since late Tuesday night over Metro Kansas City.


Temperatures have fallen into the mid to upper teens and light snow is falling along with blowing snow.

West to northwest winds are gusting into the 30 mph range with wind chill readings now in the single-digits.

Wet roads are rapidly developing a thin sheet of ice- as the effectiveness of road salt falls with the temperature.

The only wreck I've heard since 4 am is on southbound I-435 north of 87th Street in KC-MO at 4:30am- but for some reason I cannot access the K.C. Scout website.

I CAN access everybody else's webcams- so here are some camera views around JoCo KS and around the K.C. Region recently.

Right-click on the image and open PROPERTIES for the camera location:
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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

CSW BREAKING: Dollar Store In Raytown Robbed



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t 9:12 pm- Raytown MO police are reporting the armed robbery of the Dollar Store at 11517 East 63rd Street (63rd St. & Woodson).



Suspects are reported as "2 black males" with a clothing description "last seen eastbound" from the business.

No one was hurt and no word yet what or how much was taken in the robbery.

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WEATHER: Snow Update and Some Snow Images From SE KC-MO



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nowfall is tapering off for now southwest to northeast across Metro Kansas City with general snowfall amounts south of the rivers of around 1-inch or less.




A blizzard warning is in effect for that part of the MetroRegion in Kansas and Missouri along and north of U.S. 36 highway- as well as eastern Nebraska- all of Iowa- and states north and northeast.

The surface low pressure center is now around Vichy MO- southeast of Jeff City. The upper low is about over Topeka at this time- and a 'backside' snowband could mover through the Metro overnight.

All precip will end in Metro K.C. by dawn- but gusty west to northwest winds to near 40-45 mph will create blowing snow with reduced highway visibilities with near zero-degree wind chills.

Numerous crashes have been heard over the past hour and a half- but the only freeway blocked was I-35 in the northeast Downtown loop to the Paseo bridge. That stretch of I-35 is now clear.

It's still in the middle-30's here in southeast KC-MO- and here's some fresh snow images taken in the 'hood.


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Wintery Scene At K.C.I. Airport Late Tuesday Afternoon



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s of 4-5 pm- I-435 from south KC-MO all the way to K.C.I. airport was wet- but no ice or snow.




Ceilings were beginning to lower however- and this evening sleet and light snow has begun falling althought temperatures here in SE KC-MO remain in the middle-30's as of this post..



There were no flight delays INTO K.C.I.- but as you can see by the image- flights to Chicago and other points north had been cancelled.



Blizzard warnings cover the northern MetroRegion overnight- including St. Joseph- and weather along with road conditions will deteorate in Metro Kansas City overnight.



I'll be on at 4 am providing desk coverage for KSHB-41 as well as here at CSW....



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WEATHER: Current Metro - MetroRegion Radar Image



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ll precipitation is moving towards the northeast at around 35 MPH.


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WEATHER: Metro Roadways In Good Shape



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ust completed a trip to Lee's Summit and back- roadways wet but no icy spots (even on 2-lane side roads) yet with the current air temp here off I-435 & 87th Street in southeast KC-MO at 36-degrees.


My next trip is to K.C.I airport just after 3 pm- current air temp at KCI is 33-degrees- Downtown airport is 34 and Olathe airport at 151st St. & Quivira 32-degrees.

All area traffic cameras indicate freeway traffic light and moving along well- near posted speed (disregarding the in-a-hurry drivers as on any day).

It now appears any icy conditions will hold off till later this evening in the Metro.

Outside the Metro- most of the state of Iowa and eastern Nebraska are now under blizzard warnings. Driving conditions north on Interstates 29 & 35 in the northern MetroRegion and in those states will become increasingly hazardous to near impossible after dark.

The low pressure center responsible for this mess is still near Denver CO- and it'll be near midnight unitl that low is really close to us.

NOTE: I'll be doing 'special duty' for KSHB-41 News at 3-7am tomorrow morning- and I'll post updates here at those times as well as later this evening.

But right now- we're looking wet but good in the Metro!
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Monday, December 07, 2009

Winter Storm Warning For All Of Northern Kansas City Metro- MetroRegion



T
he following weather bulletin was just issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for Metro and MetroRegion Kansas City:



.A POTENT WINTER STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE AREA TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

THIS SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE WIDESPREAD ACCUMULATING SNOW. AT THIS TIME THE STORM TRACK WILL TAKE THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL ACROSS NORTHERN MISSOURI AND NORTHEAST KANSAS... WHERE CLOSE TO A FOOT OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE.

A SHIFT IN THE TRACK OF THIS STORM WILL SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT THE LOCATION OF THE HEAVY SNOW BAND.

IN ADDITION...VISIBILITIES MAY BE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED IN BLOWING SNOW LATE TUESDAY THROUGH AT LEAST EARLY WEDNESDAY AS NORTHERLY WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH OVERSPREAD THE REGION.

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ATCHISON KS-DONIPHAN-LEAVENWORTH-ATCHISON MO-NODAWAY-WORTH-GENTRY-
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INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ATCHISON...TROY...LEAVENWORTH... TARKIO...MARYVILLE...GRANT CITY... ALBANY...STANBERRY...BETHANY... PRINCETON...UNIONVILLE... LANCASTER... MOUND CITY...OREGON... SAVANNAH...CAMERON...GALLATIN... JAMESPORT...TRENTON...MILAN... GREEN CITY...KIRKSVILLE...ST. JOSEPH... PLATTSBURG...HAMILTON... POLO...CHILLICOTHE... BROOKFIELD... MACON...LA PLATA...PARKVILLE... PLATTE CITY...WESTON
329 PM CST MON DEC 7 2009

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.


* A MAJOR WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT A LARGE PORTION OF THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN PLAINS. THIS STORM WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BRING SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO IN EXCESS OF FOOT OF SNOW TO AREAS OF NORTHEASTERN KANSAS...NORTHWESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL MISSOURI... ESPECIALLY NORTH OF A LINE FROM ST. JOSEPH TO CHILLICOTHE TO KIRKSVILLE.

* SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ACROSS NORTHEAST KANSAS AND NORTHWEST MISSOURI BY AROUND MIDNIGHT TONIGHT...SPREADING EASTWARD TUESDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES... AND WILL LIKELY CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY TUESDAY...INTO TUESDAY NIGHT...AND ENDING WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS GREATER THAN 7 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH LOCATIONS IN NORTHEAST KANSAS AND NORTHWESTERN MISSOURI SEEING MAJOR SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AROUND A FOOT.

* IN ADDITION TO HEAVY SNOW...SIGNIFICANT BLOWING SNOW IS POSSIBLE LATE TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY AS STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH OVERSPREAD THE REGION. THE BLOWING SNOW MAY GREATLY REDUCE VISIBILITIES...CREATING EVEN MORE DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.



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WYANDOTTE (KS)- CLAY-RAY-CARROLL (MO)-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LIBERTY...EXCELSIOR SPRINGS...RICHMOND...CARROLLTON
329 PM CST MON DEC 7 2009

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY.


* A MAJOR WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT A LARGE PORTION OF THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN PLAINS. THIS STORM WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BRING SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS TO AREAS OF NORTHEASTERN KANSAS... NORTHWESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL MISSOURI...ESPECIALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF LINE FROM NORTH KANSAS CITY TO CARROLLTON TO MACON.


* SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ACROSS NORTHEAST KANSAS AND NORTHWEST MISSOURI BY AROUND MIDNIGHT TONIGHT...SPREADING EASTWARD TUESDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES... AND WILL LIKELY CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY TUESDAY...INTO TUESDAY NIGHT...AND ENDING WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* ENOUGH WARM AIR MAY WORK INTO THE SYSTEM THAT AREAS GENERALLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF MISSOURI RIVER WILL SEE A WINTRY MIX DURING THE DAY TUESDAY. RAIN...SNOW AND POSSIBLY SLEET ARE EXPECTED FROM KANSAS CITY TO CARROLLTON TO MACON BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. AS COLD AIR BEGINS TO DIVE SOUTHWARD INTO THE SYSTEM...A RAPID WEST TO EAST TRANSITION BACK TO ALL SNOW IS EXPECTED BY LATE TUESDAY EVENING.

* TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 8 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED IN THIS AREA.

* IN ADDITION TO HEAVY SNOW...SIGNIFICANT BLOWING SNOW IS POSSIBLE LATE TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY AS STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH OVERSPREAD THE REGION. THE BLOWING SNOW MAY GREATLY REDUCE VISIBILITIES...CREATING EVEN MORE DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.



NOTE: Thus far none of these Winter Storm warnings include Metro counties SOUTH of the Missouri and Kansas rivers- but ALL of Metro Kansas City is in a Winter Storm Watch.


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Two Nevada MO Firefighters Injured At A House Fire



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he JOPLIN (MO) GLOBE reports that 2 Nevada firefighters received minor injuries while fighting a house fire early Sunday morning.


It's reported that 2 firefighters were making initial entry into the house when the floor gave way- plunging one smoke-easter into the basement and the other partially so.

Backup crews were there and pulled both to safety- and the 2 men only received minor injuries.

The owners of the property suffered a $150000 loss to the house and the contents.
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Couple Uninjured After Plane's Belly Landing In Dodge City KS



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unday afternoon- 77-year-old Harry E. Bladow and his 70-year-old wife Susan of Independence OR were flying from Oregon to Texas in the Bladow's 1966 Beechcraft when they encountered yesterday's opening-act snowstorm in western Kansas.



With visibility decreasing- Bladow wisely decided to put their plane down at the Dodge City KS airport when- on his landing approach- his plane's 'speedometer' or air-speed indicator went on the fritz.

The Bladow's Beechcraft hit the runway hard- breaking off both landing gear- according to the story in the TOPEKA CAPITOL-JOURNAL.

The plane slid on it's belly for about 330 feet- but remained upright and no fire resulted.

Even better- Harry and wife Susan were uninjured.

No mention in the article how the Bladows will continue their trip to Texas.



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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Drizzle Has Begun In Metro Kansas City



T
emperatures that were around the 40-degree mark have already fallen 3 degrees just in the past hour here in southeastern KC-MO..



As shown by this Overland Park traffic camera- drizzle has begun over Johnson county KS and will spread over the entire Metro in the next hour.

Temepratures will continue falling- possibly reaching the freezing mark later this evening.

Untreated surfaces may become slick and hazardous later this evening and overnight- but the precip should end early Monday.

Winter Storm watches for late Monday now extend southward into Metro K.C.- Platte county MO and Leavenworth county KS..

No 'hail helmets' should be necessary.... :)


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CSW BREAKING NEWS: Serious Injury House Fire In South KC-MO



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19-year-old female has suffered serious to critical burns in a duplex fire just before dawn Sunday morning.



The fire was dispatched at 6:31 am to the 2500 block of East 77th Street and when the first of 5 fire companies arrived 3 minutes later- heavy flames were seen pouring from the single-story structure.

The burn victim had made it outside- and suffered 2nd & 3rd-degree burns to her face- upper arms- hands and lower extremities. Her condition was serious to critical as MAST-EMS rushed her to a nearby hospital.

The fire itself was extinguished quickly- "under control" at 6:40 am.

A fire investigator is on the scene

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NOTE: At 7:23 am and again "live on the scene" at 7:32 am during their newscast- KMBC-9 News reported "nobody injured" at this fire so I guess you should disregard (not) what I posted here FIRST IN KANSAS CITY.

I stand by the above post..


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KC-MO Northland Teen Burned By Bonfire



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15-year-old male suffered burns to both legs while trying to "stomp-out" a large bonfire in the 6100 block of North Drury early Sunday.



The incident occurred around 1:40 am and the victim had gone to another location in the 5600 block of Northeast 62nd Street.

The teen suffered "1st & 2nd-degree burns to both legs below the knees" according to a MAST-EMS paramedic and was transported to a Northland hospital in good condition.

It took 2 KC-MO fire companies to extinguish the bonfire and the incident was investigated with no results available yet.
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Firey Lafayette County MO Head-On Crash Kills 2



T
wo men were killed early Sunday morning in a head-on collision on Missouri (M) 13 highway between Lexington and Higginsville.



The Missouri Highway Patrol says the wreck occurred at 1:50 am when a 1994 Ford driven by Ronald A. Mason- 32- of Lexington crossed the southbound center line of M-13 about 1/10 of a mile south of Slusher School Road and slammed into a 1989 Buick going north that was driven by James F. Brown- 59- of Higginsville.


Mason's Ford caught fire after the crash.
Neither driver reportedly wore seatbelts and both were pronounced dead at the scene by EMS.
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Winter Storm Watch Already Posted For Northern K.C. MetroRegion



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looming major winter-type storm still just less than 2 days out has already prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to hoist Winter Storm watches in the northern Kansas City MetroRegion.


The watch covers parts of southern Nebraska- northern and northeastern Kansas as well as most of northern Missouri Monday night through Tuesday. Likely additional watches will be issued over the next 24 hours.

In addition- a more-minor weather disturbance will produce anywhere from 1/2-inch of snow in parts of Metro Kansas City later tonight- to around 2-3-inches in far northern MetroRegion areas like Maryville MO.

The storm that's already had winter storm watches posted near Los Angeles will generate in the southern Rockies Monday and move through the Central States Tuesday.


An icy mix is possible in Metro Kansas City beginning late Monday night or early Tuesday morning- changing to snow late Tuesday.

As yet- no snow- or ice accumulation bets are being taken locally yet.


Weather models continue to indicate snowfalls of a foot or more in a southwest-northeast swath somewhere near the central portions of the Central States: right now parts of southeastern- eastern Nebraska into Iowa.

Four-inch snow amounts are possible as close as Lawrence KS on Tuesday according to present forecasts.



This is a developing weather situation- and a very serious one for those planning travel early this week.

Updates here at CSW....

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Minor Injury In South KC-MO House Fire



O
ne person suffered minor smoke inhalation but refused to be taken to a hospital after a house fire in the 3000 block of East 75th Street Sunday morning.



The alarm was sounded at 2:53 am- and 5 fire companies rushed to the address where a working house fire was found with all the occupants already outside in a near-freezing temperature.

Two handlines were used on the fire that was brought under control at 3:08 am.

The injured person was treated on the scene by MAST-EMS but refused to be taken to a medical facility.

The house suffered moderate to heavy damage and a fire investigator's report was pending.

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Woman Seriously-Injured In Merriam KS I-35 Crash



T
raffic on southbound I-35 was backed up more than a mile at times for nearly an hour after a single-car crash just north of 75th Street in Merriam early Sunday morning.



The crash occurred around 12:30 am after a woman lost control of her car and overturned in the median lanes.


Merriam firefighters had to extricate the driver which took about 15 minutes- then she was taken to a nearby medical trauma center.

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