Kansas City Area Under Winter Weather Advisory

Wagswoofs – Kansas City, Missouri is bracing for another round of accumulating snow on Tuesday, as flurries continue to dance through the sky.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that will be in effect from 3 p.m. on Tuesday until 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

The advisory includes the following counties: Atchison, Doniphan, Leavenworth, Wyandotte, and Johnson in Kansas, as well as Atchison, Nodaway, Worth, Gentry, Holt, Andrew, De Kalb, Buchanan, Clinton, Platte, Clay, and Jackson in Missouri.

The Kansas City area woke up to flurries on Tuesday morning, accompanied by 30-degree temperatures and wind chills in the 20-degree range. Finally, Kansas City is experiencing a true winter.

The FOX4 Weather Team and the National Weather Service (NWS) have forecasted additional snowfall from this slow-moving storm on Tuesday afternoon.

FOX4 meteorologist Joe Lauria is predicting that most areas will receive a dusting to 1 inch of snow, with no more than 2 inches. The National Weather Service also anticipates accumulation to be less than 2 inches.

The snow may reduce visibility intermittently and create slippery road conditions for the Tuesday evening commute.

City and state road crews were busy getting ready for the upcoming winter weather.

The Shawnee Public Works Department took proactive measures on Tuesday morning by pre-treating all primary and residential roads in the city just before the snowfall began. The city’s staff is optimistic that this early salting will prevent any potential icy conditions from forming.

“We are optimistic that the pretreatment measures in place will effectively maintain drivability on the roads, and we may not require any plowing crews for the remainder of the day,” stated Doug Donahoo, spokesperson for the City of Shawnee. “However, as a precautionary measure, we will have a dedicated team on standby throughout the night to monitor the conditions and take appropriate action if needed.”

Shawnee dispatched a team of 10 drivers on Tuesday morning to salt the roads. Due to it being the day after Christmas, the pre-treatment operation took slightly longer than usual to finish.

Donahoo explained that due to the timing between Christmas and New Year’s, the crew working on the project is slightly smaller. He mentioned that it will take around 6-8 hours, which is equivalent to a full day of work.

The reason for having a larger crew is to expedite the process, but the main goal is to ensure that salt is spread effectively on the streets. This is done with the intention of preventing any substances from adhering to the road surface or creating icy conditions.

Snow crews are treating roads in several other cities, including Independence and Raymore.

According to Donahoo, it is advisable to drive at a slower pace and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles on the road. Additionally, it is crucial to be prepared for unexpected situations by keeping a jacket or blanket in your car.

The storm will continue to linger until Wednesday, gradually shifting the risk of more snow towards central Missouri.

Thursday will bring a much-needed return of sunshine as the system moves further away from us. However, it will still be accompanied by blustery conditions throughout the day.

There is no good news for fans of big snowstorms in the near future. We are not expecting any organized winter storm to heavily impact the region with a lot of snow through the first week of January.

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