Kansas City suspended plowing of residential streets at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The city said residential street plowing will resume at 6 a.m. Friday.
Major streets and avenues will be plowed around the clock, city officials said in a news release.
Road conditions are so treacherous that municipal buses got stuck in the snow. The Area Transportation Authority has suspended operations.
Tow trucks reportedly needed hours to get to calls because hundreds of motorists were stranded.
In Olathe, city officials said they are using every possible resource to clear city streets.
Because of the volume of snow, all crews plowing residential streets have been redirected to major thoroughfares to assist emergency service responders.
"Crews will return to plowing residential areas as soon as possible. In addition, several plows have been redirected from their routes to assist emergency medical responders," according to the news release. "Plowing has been significantly hampered by the number of stranded vehicles on city streets, and the city continues to strongly urge residents to avoid driving if at all possible."
Olathe crews will work 24/7 until streets are cleared.
"Due to the storm's nature, the city expects continued plowing to continue for several days, including residential areas," the news release concluded.
Overland Park has begun plowing residential streets.
Many stranded vehicles are blocking roads and Overland Park plans to begin towing abandoned vehicles inside the city limits.
"By moving the vehicles, the city is able to effectively plow the streets and provide access for other motorists," a news release stated. "While the number of abandoned vehicles on city streets is unknown, many are hampering plowing efforts and impeding safe movement of traffic."
If your car is in Overland Park and towed, call police at 913-895-6300.
The city knows snowplows are piling up snow in front of residences, but city officials say this is unavoidable.
"The city does not come back to clear driveways," the news release states. "Plowing operations are expected to be completed on Saturday."
Parents are asked to stop children from building a snow fort or igloo on a street or curb.
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