The first snow of the winter season may not matter much, but it could wreak havoc on Tuesday’s morning commute in Kansas City.
An inch or two of snow is expected to fall in most areas of the Kansas City region, in what is described by Jared Leighton, a weather forecaster with the Kansas City National Weather Service, as a “fairly light winter system.”
“In general, I don’t think we’re expecting a very large impact system,” he said. “But since it’s the first of the year, it always kind of catches some people off guard.”
When all is said and done, the Kansas City subway looks about an inch, he said. Most areas outside of the immediate subway are expected to receive up to 1 inch, while some locations could see up to 2 inches. Meanwhile, up to 3 inches of snow could fall in central Missouri.
Here’s the latest on winter weather in Kansas City:
How snow parking works in KC, JoCo and WyCo
Updated at 8:55 p.m Do you have to park on the street?
Make sure to give way to the snowplows, as crews are out clearing snow, slush, and ice left over from the night’s winter storm.
Kansas City and its suburbs have different snow curb parking rules. In more serious cases, e.g. B. If a few inches or more is predicted, residents are asked to avoid parking on the street if possible.
Would you like more information about parking in the snow? Read The Star’s guide to winter parking rules.
Some snow accumulations start around the KC Metro: NWS
Updated at 8:34 p.m Snow began to fall on the Kansas City subway Monday night and some small accumulations were observed, the National Weather Service said Monday night.
At just the right temperature for freezing, 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the NWS said on Twitter that a small amount of snow has begun to be collected on grass and vehicle surfaces in the area of their Pleasant Hill office. Overall, the Weather Service has predicted up to 2 inches of snow accumulation by Tuesday morning’s commute, although the roads were still “just wet” early Monday evening.
Is your car ready for winter in Kansas City?
Updated at 6:59 p.m Winters are typically relatively mild in Kansas City — but snowfall and patches of ice can make for difficult road conditions each year.
Experts say you can improve your safety – and that of others – by winterizing your car, SUV or truck to prepare for changing road conditions. Tips include keeping the gas tank at least half full, checking fluids and tire pressures, and having a mechanic evaluate the car’s battery and tire treads.
The Federal Agency for Civil Protection also recommends that motorists have a winter storage set at hand just in case. It should include jumper wires, a flashlight, batteries, warm clothing, boots, blankets, snacks, an ice scraper and a shovel, FEMA says.
For more information on preparing your vehicle for winter, see The Star’s guide here. There are also tips on how to winterize your home.
Wondering when KCMO will plow your road?
Updated at 5:46 p.m When snow hits Kansas City, things can get hectic. Streets are filled with snow and with so many snowplows available, residents are wondering when their streets will be cleared.
Kansas City has two distinct snow removal programs, the Main Street Arterial Program and the Side Street Residential Program.
When is your road plowed? Read on to learn more about snow removal in Kansas City.
Snow “still on the way”
Updated at 5:09 p.m The National Weather Service in Kansas City said Monday afternoon the first snow of the year was “on the way for tonight.”
“Initial precipitation should be light rain that turns to snow tonight,” the weather service said in a tweet. “The roads on Tuesday morning will be muddy and slippery. To act with caution.”
‘Make smart decisions’
Updated at 4:50 p.m The Missouri Highway Patrol urged drivers to be extra vigilant when traveling across the state during or immediately after the winter storm.
“This will be the first snow of the season, and whether it’s a dust or several inches, it will affect the voyage,” Captain John Hotz said in a press release. “Make sure you increase your following distance while driving, stopping quickly on wet, snowy or icy roads can be dangerous or impossible.”
The soldiers urged drivers to be aware of weather conditions and make “wise decisions” about travel – including postponing or canceling travel when conditions warrant.
If you are driving in bad weather, you should completely clear your car of snow, make headlines and slow down.
Motorists are also urged to keep their fuel tank at least half full and to have the following items in their vehicles: ice scrapers, jumper cables, blankets, extra coats, gloves, water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, flashlight, small shovel and a bag of sand or kitty litter.
MoDOT is preparing for the first winter storm if there is a shortage of staff
Updated at 4:37 p.m With Kansas Citians expected to wake up Tuesday morning to about an inch of snow, Missouri Department of Transportation officials say they are prepared for the first true winter storm of the season.
A fully staffed shift should be on the streets around 7 p.m. and remain tuned in to storm developments overnight, Lynelle Luther, district maintenance engineer for the Kansas City area, said during a news conference Monday afternoon.
Commuters were advised to exercise caution on Tuesday morning and give way to crews working to keep the roads clear. They were also advised to keep up with the MODOT Traveler Information Map for real-time updates on road conditions.
“That’s going to help people make an intelligent decision about whether to go out or not,” Luther said.
The winter storm comes at a time when MODOT is statewide at about 70% of its workforce compared to what it used to be, Luther said. For Kansas City, Luther said some employees would be transferred internally and about 20 trainees would travel to ride along with experienced snowplow drivers to address workforce challenges.
According to the Kansas City subway plan Tuesday, freeways and divided freeways were first on the list for road treatment, followed by other state roads, which were prioritized by volume of traffic, Luther said.
Despite the region’s staffing shortages, Luther said she was confident the regional office was ready to weather the current storm. She said the office is handling the process of switching from summer routines to winter routines, which involves its own learning curve, and helps educate the public about safe snow driving.
“But I’m absolutely confident that we’ll get through this well,” said Luther.
Robert A. Cronkleton and Bill Lukitsch of The Star contributed to this report.
This story was originally published Nov 14, 2022 4:38 p.m.