City, buses preparing for winter storm

A KCATA salt truck loading up during an earlier February 2015 storm. Courtesy KCATA.

A KCATA salt truck loading up during an earlier February 2015 storm. Courtesy KCATA.

The city and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority are gearing up for a potential storm and snowfall this weekend.

The city says crews assigned to arterial, primary and residential streets are prepared to respond to the winter weather that is forecast to move through the Kansas City area overnight. About 3-5 inches of snow is expected to fall.

Crews assigned to primary and arterial routes will mobilize beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 to clear City roads and bridges.  In order to keep traffic moving during a winter weather event, the city’s snow plan prioritizes plowing into two types of snow routes: primary/arterial routes and residential routes.

When snow depths exceed a couple of inches, the city asks residents to park cars off-street during snow plow operations to avoid vehicles being ticketed or towed.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) asks Metro bus riders to keep informed on current conditions and plan for severe winter weather. Current forecasts indicate most snow will fall on Saturday night through Sunday morning, which could cause delays over the weekend. KCATA plans to provide bus service throughout the weekend. However, as road conditions worsen, customers could experience delays.

Residents may check frequently for updates.

Online, customers can get updates at and review the Snow Plan, which pinpoints several areas that experience difficult travel in snowy weather. KCATA also distributes notices about system-wide delays through Twitter. Customers can follow The Metro at and

The Metro offers real-time bus information through WebWatch. Customers can find their individual routes and see where buses are on a real-time map A mobile version from a third-party software designer is available at

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