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Snow storm blankets Kansas City area

January 2022 Snow storm
Posted at 5:46 AM, Jan 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-15 18:50:33-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 11:11 a.m. | One final band of snow reaching from Orrick to Overland Park will potentially bring an additional half-inch of snow.

Early this morning, crews were at Kansas City International Airport to prepare for flights ahead of tomorrow's Chiefs vs. Steelers game.

8:45 a.m. | State-operated COVID-19 testing events in Missouri have been canceled in the Kansas City area, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services due to weather conditions.

Before heading to a testing event, the community is asked to check the event's status on the DHSS website.

In Edgerton, Missouri, a snow event has been declared, and officials warn that any vehicles not moved off the street within two hours may be towed.

7:44 a.m. | According to KSHB 41 Meteorologist Jeff Penner, snowfall will stop between 10 a.m. and noon.

Over the next few hours, temperatures will drop to between 15-20 degrees, and winds will blow at 40 mph.

Snow drifts of up to six inches have been spotted in some locations due to the wind.

In Independence, crews will finish primary and secondary roads throughout the day before treating residential streets during the evening and overnight.

6:58 a.m. | KDOT told KSHB 41 that 33 snowplows are working to improve streets in the area.

Delaney Tholan with KDOT said that they have been understaffed which is impacting the snow removal process.

She asks drivers to be cautious and remember that snowplows are typically driving under the speed limit and cannot always see other drivers.

Overland Park officials say that the city is also dealing with staffing shortages and ask the community to be patient as roads are treated.

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas took time to thank city workers for their help responding to the snow storm overnight.

According to RideKC, buses are on possible delays of 30-60 minutes due to road conditions and staffing issues. Buses are driving their normal routes.

RideKC Micro Transit in Johnson County is expecting 30-60 minute delays as well.

5:46 a.m. | An overnight storm brought snowfall and slick conditions to the Kansas City area.

2-5 inches of snow are forecasted according to KSHB 41 Chief Meteorologist Gary Lezak.

According to MoDot and KanDrive, roads in the Kansas City area are currently covered or partially covered with snow.

More snow is expected over the course of the morning.