Winter weather was all but assured in the waning days of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, meteorologists said Monday. Snow had begun to fall in the Kansas City area Monday morning. Andy Bailey, meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s office in Pleasant Hill, Mo., said expectations were for between 1 and 2 inches of snow in the immediate area of the city of Leavenworth. Totals were possibly higher for the southern part of the county. The heaviest snowfalls were likely around the area from central Kansas City to near Macon, Mo., in the state’s northeast region, with as much as 4 or 6 inches possible. Though the snowfall wasn’t scheduled to last through Monday, wasn’t going to set any records and salt was already visible Monday morning as a pre-treatment for public sidewalks, Bailey said the roads were still expected to be hazardous. “The potential is there for (the snow) to change into freezing drizzle,” he said. Bailey said that rain had the most potential to cause problems for travelers, especially on New Year’s Eve. “Just given the timing, the freezing drizzle will be a problem if people don’t take it seriously,” he said. “People should prepare for slick city streets as they’re traveling out and about.” What does fall could remain for a while, Bailey said, along with the patches of packed snow that remains on roadways from last week’s storm. “We don’t see any kind of warm up anytime soon,” he said, adding that lower than average temperatures were expected to persist through the week.