Get Ready for Snowy Weather With These Tips

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Did you know that the City of Kansas City, Mo., plows about 6,500 lane miles of pavement in its street system? That’s equivalent to a one lane road from here to Tokyo!

During the winter season, the City reminds residents to follow these tips during snow events to both stay safe and help make the City’s snow operations run smoothly and efficiently.

  • Crews take about one business day to finish a full pass on all assigned snow routes. If a crew is taken off of its assigned route to take individual requests, it will delay the entire snow operation. Please wait until the day after snow stops falling to call 311 or tweet to @KCMO311 about slick spots or missed streets.
  • Avoid parking on City streets when it snows. If you must, use the north or west side of the street so snow removal crews can do their job. If vehicles are parked on both sides of a narrow street, it may not leave enough space for a snowplow, and that street might get skipped.
  • Avoid driving during snow events. If you must go out, keep water and blankets or an extra coat in your car for warmth, and keep the gas tank full.
  • Do not park on signed emergency snow routes. Vehicles parked on these routes may be ticketed or towed during snowstorms.
  • Keep children from playing in snow banks along the road. It’s enticing—because the large piles of snow seem like a giant fort—but very dangerous; children may tumble onto the road in front of cars or snow plows.
  • Make sure your vehicle has adequate tire tread to avoid getting stuck.
  • Keep a snow shovel in your trunk. You never know when you might need one during your travels.
  • When shoveling the end of your driveway where it meets the road, also clear a 10-foot strip along the curb to the left (when facing the road) to avoid snow plows pushing it back across your driveway. Watch a 41-second MoDOT video.
  • Be a good neighbor and remove snow and ice from any sidewalks on your property, whether residential or business, within a reasonable time after a snowfall.
  • The City will post frequent updates about major snow events on Twitter, Facebook, AlertKC and its dedicated snow webpage. Stay informed through one or more of these methods.

The City appreciates your help and cooperation – please stay safe during winter weather!