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Frigid temperatures linger into Friday in Kansas City area

Here are some tips for the extreme cold
Winter Weather
Posted at 11:04 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 00:04:21-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With Kansas City expected to remain in the deep freeze Friday morning, RideKC will make warming buses available again at four locations across the Kansas City area.

Buses will be stationed at the following locations during the following times:

  • 10th and Main Transit Center, 1000 Main St. in Kansas City, Missouri, from 6:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Independence Transit Center, 401 N. Noland Road in Independence, from 8 to 10 a.m.
  • Mission Transit Center, 5251 Johnson Drive in Mission, Kansas, from 6:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Midtown KCK Transit Center’s conference room, 4601 State Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas, from 5:30 to 10 a.m.

Temperatures overnight may actually be colder Friday morning

After most Kansas City-area school districts closed due to the frigid temps Thursday, Grain Valley offered some sound advice (and a cute way of delivering it) for students on Twitter: “If you have been trying to get by without the warm gear this winter, please track it down tonight. You’re going to need it waiting for the bus or walking from the car to the school doors tomorrow morning! #Winter”

The Missouri Department of Transportation also reminded motorists to be prepared for an emergency by assembling a kit to stash in their vehicles.

Per MoDOT’s suggestion, an emergency kit for your vehicle should include:

  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • A first-aid kit
  • Any medications you may need
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Extra gloves, socks, stocking caps and rain gear
  • A small sack of sand to use for traction under your vehicle’s wheels
  • Booster cables
  • Small tools — including pliers, a wrench and screwdriver
  • A brightly colored cloth to use as a flag
  • Nonperishable food
  • Bottled water

MoDOT also suggested making sure your vehicle is winterized with:

  • Fresh antifreeze
  • A good battery
  • An operational exhaust system
  • Cold-weather motor oil

Motorists also are encouraged to check road conditions via the MoDOT Traveler Information Map, MoDOT’s mobile app, or by calling 888-275-6636 (ASK-MODOT).