Get Ready for Snowy Weather With These Tips

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Did you know that the City of Kansas City, Mo., plows about 6,400 lane miles of pavement in its street system? That’s equivalent to a one lane road from here to Tokyo!

During the winter season, we encourage you to follow these tips during snow events to stay safe and help make our snow operations run smoothly and efficiently.

  • Please wait until the day after snow stops falling to call 311 or tweet to @KCMO311 about slick spots or missed streets. 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. 
  • If you park on a City street when it snows, 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.
  • Be a good neighbor and remove snow and ice from sidewalks on your property, whether residential or business, within 48-hours after a snowfall.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

We appreciate your help and cooperation – please stay safe during winter weather!

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