UPDATE: Snow began falling around 6 p.m. Thursday and started to accumulate on the ground.
A winter weather advisory for snow has been issued for Livingston County and much of northwest Missouri from 1 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday.
The snow is expected to arrive late tonight and continue through mid-day Friday.
Slushy accumulations of one to three inches are expected. Slightly lower amounts are expected on roadways.
North winds will likely be sustained around 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
Despite a late onset to spring, many trees are beginning to develop or have developed leaves and, when combined with a heavy wet snow, some snapping of branches is possible.
This could be a historic snowfall. According to the National Weather Service, records show that snow has fallen in May only twice (in Kansas City): the only measurable May snow came May 3, 1907 (1.7 inches). The latest trace of snow: May 1, 1909.
The Chillicothe Constitution recorded that May 3, 1907 snowfall. The news article states: “A cold rain which began falling at 7 o'clock turned into snow at 8:30. The storm continued throughout the day with a moderately cold temperature. At first the snow melted as rapidly as it fell, but later the flakes came so thick and fast that the “beautiful” accumulated to the depth of three inches or more.”