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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 13, 2013

City crews continue winter weather response, motorists advised to drive cautiously

City of Kansas City, Mo., snow crews continue to respond to the winter weather that has moved into the metro area. The National Weather Service has announced a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. Read the City’s snow updates at www.kcmo.org/snow.

Kansas City currently is experiencing freezing drizzle, which has created hazardous driving conditions. Motorists are advised to drive with caution, as roads have become very slick. Please review the City’s snow safety tips to prepare: http://kcmo.org/CKCMO/NewsArchives/120413B.

The freezing rain is expected to warm up to rain around 10:30 a.m. this morning. A change to snow will likely take place around 6 p.m., with heavier snow falling in the evening and overnight. A total of 1-3 inches of snow is expected to accumulate.

City crews assigned to primary/arterial routes have split into two 12-hour shifts to provide around the clock coverage. They have been checking their routes for slick spots since 7:30 a.m. Crews on residential snow routes will be on alert today, Friday, Dec. 13, and will begin plowing when the snow stops during daylight hours. Roads have not been treated because the rain would wash the chemicals away. Once the rain switches to snow, crews will treat and plow the roads.

The City has approximately 6,400 lane miles of pavement in its street system. To keep traffic moving throughout the City during a winter weather event, the snow plan prioritizes plowing into two types of snow routes: primary/arterial routes and residential routes.

On primary and arterial routes, the City's Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Water Services departments collaborate on removing snow and ice from approximately 2,400 lane-miles of pavement and apply salt as needed. These crews plow curb-to-curb and work around the clock.

On residential snow routes, City crews using smaller trucks work 12-hour shifts during daytime hours to provide a passable lane by plowing and applying salt on intersections, hills and curves. As possible, crews will widen the passable lane, which may still have some snow pack due to low pavement temperatures.In the event of severe snow, cul-de-sacs and dead ends will be plowed after arterial, collector and through residential streets. This ensures that City crews may use their resources most effectively.

When snow depths exceed a couple of inches, residents are advised that parking cars off-street during snow plow operations greatly enhances the ability of snow plows to remove snow, especially in cul-de-sacs and dead end streets. Residents parking on signed Emergency Snow Routes should be prepared to find alternate parking locations to avoid vehicles being ticketed or towed.

Residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets to the City’s 311 Call Center are advised that while crews are running assigned snow routes, it is assumed that all streets are slick. Only after snow has stopped falling and all snow routes have been run does the City’s 311 Call Center accept requests for slick spots and missed streets (usually about 36 hours after snow stops falling).

Please visit www.kcmo.org/snow to view the GPS snow plow map and other snow-related updates. To receive text and email notifications from the City, please sign up for the City’s Nixle notification system at www.kcmo.org/nixle. Residents may also sign up by texting their ZIP code to “888777.”

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