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KCI, cities prepping for winter storm's wrath

KCI, cities prepping for winter storm's wrath
KCI, cities prepping for winter storm's wrath
KCI, cities prepping for winter storm's wrath
KCI, cities prepping for winter storm's wrath
Posted at 10:57 PM, Nov 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-24 23:57:49-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With a winter storm is approaching the Kansas City area, many cities treated roads and bridges ahead of the storm.

"If we don’t get that much, we will just lay salt on the main routes," Grandview, Missouri, Equipment Operator William Briscoe said.

On a 60-degree Saturday, it may seem odd to be treating the roads for snow, but cities have their eyes on the radar and they know things can change quickly. 

"When we put the salt down, it doesn’t re-freeze," Briscoe said. "The beet juice is a mixture of calcium chloride and brine to keep the road from icing up."

Grandview and southern Kansas City might dodge the worst of the winter weather on Sunday, but up north near Kansas City International Airport will be a different story. 

"The storm is tomorrow right?" Julie Smith said. "We are good. Our flight is tonight."

Smith and her family were flying to California and will dodge the possibility of flight cancellations.

Camille Nichols and her family are flying to Utah, but she said her friends aren't flying west until Sunday morning. 

"Tomorrow morning at 10, they are not going anywhere," Nichols said. "I think they are stuck."

Airport officials say they have crews ready to clear roads and the airlines will de-ice the planes. 

If there is anything to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving weekend, it's missing the headache of a canceled flight. 

"We always leave on Saturday, so we lucked out on the weather," Smith said.