Mayor declares state of emergency

Mayor Sly James has issued a state of emergency for Kansas City through 11:59 m.m. Friday night.

That means Phase I and II of the city’s snow ordinance are in effect. Motorists parked on assigned emergency snow routes face the possibility of vehicles being ticketed or towed. Vehicles without adequate tire tread that get stuck on a major thoroughfare can also be ticketed.

City crews are continuing to respond to the blizzard weather conditions in the metro area. There are currently 250 snow plows in operation on primary and arterial routes.

The City requests that residents minimize travel during this weather event in order to allow snow removal crews and emergency responders greater ability to perform duties.

Kansas City International Airport was also forced to close due to severe weather conditions.

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