Mayor James declares state of emergency for Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The mayor of Kansas City has declared a state of emergency due to the upcoming winter snowstorm. It is in effect until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

"We need the help of our citizens to help things run smoothly," Mayor James said, urging residents to stay home and keep vehicles off the roads.

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The city already had 175 snow plows in operation on primary and arterial routes Monday afternoon and 65 additional plows in residential areas.

The state of emergency requires residents to move their vehicles off of streets or observe the City's on-street parking practices.

The city began towing cars that don't obey winter parking rules at 9 a.m. Monday. City officials said those who live on streets that run north and south should park on the west side of the street, and those who live on streets running east and west should park on the north side.

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KCMO city manager Troy Schulte said frustrated residents need to deal with the snow plowed piles at the end their driveways.

"We're probably going to plow more driveways in as we try to widen the intersections, widen arterials and give us room to take another 10 to 12 inches of snow or even more," he said

But resident Bill Shade said he can see how that could cause problems for a lot of people.

"Well when you get older and you need to refill prescriptions -- when that time comes, you need to be able to get out," Shade said. "And it's ok if there's one or two days there when you can't get out. That's fine, but if it drags on to three or four days, it makes it kind of hard on you."

Parts of the metro could see up to 20 inches of snow with this storm. The 41 Action News Weather Team says accumulation will start after 6 p.m., Monday and continue into Tuesday morning. Some areas could see 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour.

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Trash service in Kansas City is suspended for Tuesday, and will resume Wednesday. The city manager said that the 2-bag limit will be increased to 4 bags.

City officials also said that a snow plow nearly injured children playing in a snow fort built in a cul-de-sac, warning parents to keep children away from areas where snow will be removed.

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