KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The second winter storm of 2013 has blanketed metro roads again with wet, heavy snow. KC Scout has been monitoring traffic throughout the night and warns motorists to stay home if they can.
“Overnight, the conditions have been deteriorating considerably especially since 2 a.m. when the temperatures dropped, the roadway started becoming snow-covered,” said Lt. Scott Shipers, Missouri Highway Patrol. “Since then we’re starting to see a lot of vehicles get stuck out in the weather conditions.”
Being stranded on the side of the road in near-blizzard conditions is problematic, not only for motorists but for service workers who may be called to help assist.
“If you absolutely have to be out, please buckle up and alter your driving habits to the conditions of the roadways because it’s very severe out there right now,” Shipers said.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James said 200 or more cars were towed after last week’s snow storm. He expects that number to increase today.
“Public safety is paramount,” he said. “If that means, unfortunately, we have to inconvenience people, I’m really sorry about that, but we have to be able to protect lives and property.”
Mayor James said cars that have been towed can be retrieved at the city’s tow lot and urged residents to check kcmo.org for more information.
To date the cost of snow removal in Kansas City is around $2 million.
“We have money budgeted, but we’re going to run out of it soon, and we’ll have to make special appropriations from somewhere,” Mayor James said.
While city roads continue to be monitored, the Kansas Board of Public Utilities is keeping a close eye on power outages. Around 6 a.m., more than 15,000 in the metro reported having no power. By 8:30 a.m., that number climbed to more than 60,000.
“A lot of tree branches have been coming down due to the heavy, wet snow accumulating on them and the high winds,” Mayor James said, adding that the power outages are believed to be weather related.
Because of this, Mayor James urged residents to be mindful of alternate heating sources and to monitor them carefully.
Kansas City’s State of Emergency remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.