Closings, delays reported ahead of winter storm - KCTV5

Area schools, colleges cancel classes ahead of winter storm

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is closing all executive offices on Thursday while cancellations are already being reported at Kansas City International Airport.

Airport officials said airlines are already canceling flights on Thursday in advance of the storm. School districts and higher education institutions also are calling off classes and events.

Go to http://www.kctv5.com/category/213006/school-church-closings to see a complete list of closings.

Go to http://www.kctv5.com/category/209404/traffic for airport delays. Travelers are advised to check on their flights before going to the airport.

While Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon hasn't closed state offices, Brownback wasted no time Wednesday closing most Kansas government offices on Thursday.

"Every indication is that our state is going to receive a tremendous amount of snow in the next 24 hours. I want to urge Kansans to heed the winter weather warnings and avoid traveling tomorrow," Brownback said in a statement. "Our state agencies are ready to respond as needed to assist Kansans and counties who may need additional assistance."

This closure will affect non-essential executive branch employees scheduled to work between 6:00 a.m. on Thursday and 6:00 a.m. on Friday.

This declaration does not include employees in the Board of Regents, Regents Institutions, the judicial branch nor the legislative branch.

State employees can find further information at www.kansas.gov/employee.

Brownback also signed an emergency declaration for all 105 Kansan counties. This will allow state agencies to assist local governments as needed.

The Kansas Department of Transportation will be towing vehicles left abandoned on Interstate 70 from 18th Street to the Missouri border, on I-435, on I-635 from I-35 to the state line and on I-35 from Gardner Road to the state line.

"This process will be in effect until all the roadways are clear from this event and traffic is flowing normally. The purpose for the towing of the abandoned vehicles is to facilitate snow removal and keep the roadway open for emergency vehicles. The normal 48-hour grace period will not be in effect during this snow event."

Motorists should stay in their vehicles with their seatbelts on if they get stuck or involved in a collision.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said the storm "is expected to be big, troublesome and long lasting," so motorists are urged to avoid travel while winter precipitation is falling. 

"If you must venture out, pack some food, water, blankets and a flashlight or two with fresh batteries and spares. Drive slowly, carefully and stay back from plow trucks," the news release said.

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