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Live blog: Tuesday brings more dangerous cold to Kansas City

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Posted at 5:49 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 09:55:27-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 8:54 a.m. | All 14 Johnson County Public Library locations are closed Tuesday due to weather.

7:07 a.m. | Evergy officially said it is resuming 30-60 minute power outages.

6:50 a.m. | More rolling power outages are possible today due to demand on the power grid operated by the Southwest Power Pool. Evergy officials said outages are most likely to happen between 8 and 10:30 a.m. as the highest demand for energy takes place between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. due to the workday.

Residents are asked to conserve power wherever possible. Avoid the use of unnecessary electrical devices, turn down thermostats and close blinds and curtains to keep in the heat.

6:30 a.m. | The Kansas City, Missouri, Municipal Court canceled all hearings for Tuesday due to weather. That includes virtual hearings.

ORIGINAL STORY | Tuesday brings another day of dangerously cold weather for Kansas City and much of the Midwest.

The expected high temperature is around 7 degrees with a wind chill below zero, but morning temperatures were teetering around -10 degrees for much of the metro. A wind chill advisory is still in place for the area.

Some people in the region experienced rolling power outages Monday because of the strain put on the energy supply for the Southwest Power Pool due to the harsh conditions stretching across the Midwest.

It's not yet clear if rolling outages will take place again Tuesday, but everyone is asked to conserve power wherever possible at home.

Freezing pipes are also a concern and people can try to avoid that by leaving sink cabinet doors open and letting water trickle from the tap.

The cold temperatures will prove to be extremely dangerous for people who have to go outside. Kansas City area jurisdictions have provided warming centers, shelters and other resources for those experiencing homelessness or who are in need of some help.

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Most school districts closed for Tuesday, including for virtual learning because of the possibility of rolling power outages affecting virtual learning abilities.

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Anyone who has to make a morning commute should use caution and prepare for the cold. Drivers should have blankets and other emergency cold items in their vehicles in case of a breakdown.

Crews were out clearing snow overnight, but the cold temperatures make it likely drivers will encounter slick spots.