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Several KC metro districts move to remote-only learning Tuesday

KC area under Winter Weather Advisory until 9 p.m.
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Posted at 4:52 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 20:53:17-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 7:52 p.m. | Blue Springs Municipal Court dockets slated for Tuesday have been canceled. They will be rescheduled at a later date.

UPDATE, 7:18 p.m. | Raymore Peculiar School District is the latest to announce remote learning for Tuesday due "hazardous road conditions and dangerously low temperatures."

UPDATE, 6:51 p.m. | Belton School District No. 124 and Lee's Summit R-7 School District also are canceling in-person instruction for Tuesday due to inclement weather. Students in both districts will have remote-learning days.

UPDATE, 5:57 p.m. | Citing poor road conditions and frigid temperatures, which would make it dangerous for children to wait at bus stops, the Blue Springs School District announced that all instruction with be virtual again Tuesday for students in the district.

The day will not need to be made up at the end of the school year, according to the district, which said its before- and after-school care, Prime Time and Cub Care, will be open as scheduled.

North Kansas City Schools made a similar announcement, instructing students to log into Canvas for assignments to complete from home.

The district's Adventure Club "will open at its combined snow day sites at 7:15 a.m., and students should bring their iPad, charger and headphones to participate in virtual learning."

NKC Schools has canceled drive-thru meal pickup for Tuesday and "evening activity cancellations will be handled on a case-by-case basis," NKC Schools said via Facebook.

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m. | The National Weather Service has extended a Winter Weather Advisory for the Kansas City area until 9 p.m. on Monday evening.

Light snow and freezing drizzle remain possible throughout the evening, which will make travel hazardous. Up to a half-inch of additional snow and a glaze of ice may accumulate, according to the National Weather Service.

The severe weather will impact road conditions, so take extra precautions during the evening commute to slow down and give other vehicles plenty of space.

Wind chills are expected to be near zero degrees, so charge your phone and considering packing water and blankets for use in case your vehicle becomes disabled, is involved in a crash or slide off the road.

7:45 a.m. | The number of crashes on Kansas City streets is increasing.

6:54 a.m. | Lots of crashes are being reported as commuters head to work, especially in the Northland. Drivers should use caution and avoid travel if possible.

6:41 a.m. | Monday is not the end of the bitter cold. Expect 10 to 12 days of dangerously cold temperatures.

5:25 a.m. | Crews were out trying to make roads passable before morning commuters hit the streets.

4:49 a.m. | Warming buses are available at RideKC transit centers to help combat the dangerously cold conditions.

4:48 a.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, residents should not set out trash for collection as waste management crews are being used to treat and clear roads.

4:45 a.m. | People in and around the Kansas City area woke to dangerous outdoor conditions Monday morning.

Leftover snow from Sunday and a new mix of fine snow and freezing drizzle combined to make roads slick and even icy.

Single-digit temperatures with below zero temperatures made it hard for roads to be treated effectively and hazardous to spend any amount of time outdoors.

Counties around the Kansas City metro area and to the south are under a winter weather advisory that lasts into the afternoon hours of Monday.

Because of road conditions and the bitter cold, many school districts opted to cancel classes or move to virtual learning to keep students safe.

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Meteorologist Lindsey Anderson said drivers should expect the hazardous road conditions to continue into the afternoon, and travel should be avoided if possible.

As of 4:45 a.m., no major traffic incidents were reported, but traffic was moving slowly in many areas as snow still covered roads.

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Morning wind chills are between -5 and -15 degrees and are not expected to improve significantly.