KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cities and states spent Monday preparing equipment to plow and treat roads as forecasters predict a winter storm will hit the Kansas City area late Tuesday afternoon.
The Kansas Department of Transportation said its crews will begin plowing snow in the Kansas City area as soon as it begins to fall. A spokesperson said there is some salt residue on the highways from previous treatments, which could help melt today's accumulation. Officials anticipate temperatures to remain in a range where rock salt and other road treatments effectively melt ice.
Cities such as Shawnee and Olathe said they are prepared to work during the storm to clear roads. Both cities said they'll use similar strategies as Friday, when a storm dumped more than four inches of snow in some parts of the metro.
On the Missouri side, the department of transportation spent Monday on truck maintenance and repairs. It anticipates sending crews out Tuesday afternoon.
Kansas City, Missouri, spent Monday plowing some residential streets to stay ahead of the next round of winter weather.
The public works supervisor in Raytown said the city will keep a close eye on the timing of the storm. He anticipated sending crews on the roads to pre-treat them in the afternoon.
Many cities said sunshine over the weekend melted a lot of snow from Friday's weather event, which will make Tuesday's storm easier to handle.
MoDOT wants to remind drivers to respect the road conditions, and drive accordingly. Officials would prefer drivers stay off the roads and highways during the thick of the storm.