City, ATA snow advisory updates

With the snow advisory, the city and the bus service have sent along some information. The city is checking for slick spots and the ATA says some buses are slightly behind schedule this morning. We’ll continue to keep you updated as new information arrives.

From the city:

  • Kansas City currently is experiencing freezing drizzle, which has created hazardous driving conditions. Motorists are advised to drive with caution, as roads have become very slick. The freezing rain is expected to warm up to rain around 10:30 a.m. this morning. A change to snow will likely take place around 6 p.m., with heavier snow falling in the evening and overnight. A total of 1-3 inches of snow is expected to accumulate.
  • City crews assigned to primary/arterial routes have split into two 12-hour shifts to provide around the clock coverage. They have been checking their routes for slick spots since 7:30 a.m. Crews on residential snow routes will be on alert today, Friday, Dec. 13, and will begin plowing when the snow stops during daylight hours. Roads have not been treated because the rain would wash the chemicals away. Once the rain switches to snow, crews will treat and plow the roads.
  • When snow depths exceed a couple of inches, residents are advised that parking cars off-street during snow plow operations greatly enhances the ability of snow plows to remove snow, especially in cul-de-sacs and dead end streets. Residents parking on signed Emergency Snow Routes should be prepared to find alternate parking locations to avoid vehicles being ticketed or towed.
  • Residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets to the City’s 311 Call Center are advised that while crews are running assigned snow routes, it is assumed that all streets are slick. Only after snow has stopped falling and all snow routes have been run does the City’s 311 Call Center accept requests for slick spots and missed streets (usually about 36 hours after snow stops falling).

Bus service

Metro buses are currently using regular routes and running with slight delays. Approximately 10 Metro and MAX are 5 to 10 minutes behind schedule. Longer delays could occur if road conditions get worse. Metro crews are treating roads and park-and-rides. Sidewalks are icy, and customers are urged to use extreme caution when getting on and off the bus, as well as when walking to bus stops.


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