Snow paralyzes Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Few ventured out Thursday, wisely deciding to stay home and avoid the roads and highways.

Those who did get out, like driver Tim Williams, eventually regretted it.

Williams tried to get to work in a car without 4-wheel drive, but he got stuck at 95th and Wornall.

“I came to work. I did it. I was one mile away and I couldn’t make it. One mile. I almost did it. It’s tough out here. My advice? If you don’t gotta go, stay home,” Williams said.

Governors Brownback and Nixon both declared a state of emergency in their states, and Kansas City Mayor Sly James made the same declaration for Kansas City.

The city has 240 plow trucks…and all of them were out trying to clear the streets.

“I need to Kansas Citians to take this seriously and stay off the road. This isn’t the time to go out and see what your new car might do in the snow,” Mayor James said.

Towing your car out of the snow can cost as much as $200 on a day like this.

Plow drivers ask that citizens let them do their jobs.

“It’s just an event like this when we have so much snow coming down, it basically covers up behind you,” Troy Schulte, Kansas City’s city manager said.

If you leave your car parked on one of those snow routes, it’s possible road crews may have to skip that street and it may not get plowed in a timely fashion.

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