Winter storm begins moving into Kansas, Missouri - KCTV5

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Winter storm begins moving into Kansas, Missouri

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FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

It's winter and Mother Nature isn't done dumping snow on the Kansas City area.

A storm that's lashing California and producing torrential rain will make its way east and bring winter weather to the Kansas City area by late Saturday.

Sleet will move into the area Saturday night after sundown. It will change overnight to all snow.

The Kansas City area will see 5 to 9 inches of snow by Sunday night, KCTV5 Meteorologist Tom Wachs said. Bitter cold temperatures will follow the snow. Sunday could be the lowest day ever in the month of March with highs in the single digits.

Wachs said the storm will bring messy road conditions.

"This is a pretty wicked system," he said.

Road crews are already preparing and ensuring their equipment is in tip-top shape. 

Cities like Overland Park and Kansas City say they have enough salt for the storm.

The combination of sleet and heavy snow will present special challenges. Rain before the storm could wash away any pre-treatment put down.

"Getting that timing of when to pretreat or to pretreat is what we're trying to discuss now," said Overland Park snow boss Brian Hutchinson.

Because the snow is expected to be more steady and not dump a massive quantity in a short period of time, Hutchinson believes that will help crews.

"I'm hoping we'll be able to keep up with this one because it's going to stretch over a long period of time," he said.

While governments have plenty of salt, local hardware stores are seeing a shortage of ice melt. Some suppliers have nearly exhausted their stock. Customers are urged to make their purchases early while supplies are still available.

The repeated snow storms on the East Coast has limited supply.

Municipalities also mix in sand or beet juice to help with snow removal. The city of Kansas City recently sold surplus salt to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Consumers shouldn't use sand on sidewalks and driveways because when it's tracked inside it can damage wooden floors and other surfaces.

Kansas City officials are urging residents to avoid driving as much as possible during the storm. Residents who park on the street are asked to park on the west side of north-south streets and north side on east-west streets.

When vehicles are parking on both sides of a narrow street, it doesn't leave enough room for a snow plow and a neighborhood might get skipped.

Residential streets will be plowed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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