Road crews prepare for Tuesday's snowfall - KCTV5 News

Road crews prepare for Tuesday's snowfall

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Snow showers are expected to spread into the Kansas City area throughout the afternoon and continue into the evening Tuesday. (KCTV5) Snow showers are expected to spread into the Kansas City area throughout the afternoon and continue into the evening Tuesday. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Snow showers are expected to spread into the Kansas City area throughout the afternoon and continue into the evening Tuesday.

Snow should start to fall during the afternoon and continue through the evening. Amounts will vary depending on where you live.

Northern parts of Missouri could see anywhere between 2-4 inches. Around the metro and along Interstate 70 could see as much as 2 inches, and areas south of I-70 could see around an inch or less.

A Winter Weather Advisory will be issued at noon for counties north and west of Kansas City.

Crews on both sides of the state line have been working the past two days to keep the evening commute safe for drivers.

Kansas City road workers say their neighborhood crews have been working to clear the roads since 10 a.m. Tuesday. Primary crews have also been deployed. Their work began at 7:30 a.m.

The focus of each crew is to clear any leftover slick spots from Sunday's snow.

The city of Overland Park says they have about 7,000 tons of salt on hand right now and expect that to last the rest of the winter season. They ask drivers to give them plenty of room to work.

"Be patient with us. We haven't had a plowable event in really three years so this will be the first one in about three years. We will get the streets treated and we will make them safe for residents,” Jeff Hunt said.

As a state, in 2017, Kansas used nearly 53,000 tons of salt and 3.5-million gallons of salt brine.

The state says they plan to redeploy their trucks as soon as the snow begins to fall. Officials say the state has split their crews and plan to have both a day and a night shift available.

Crews also ask that if possible drivers park off residential streets.  If you must park on the street, they ask everyone to park on the same side of the street to give large plows more room to clear streets. 

Officials are asking drivers not to crowd the plows and to stay back at least 100 feet. Multiple crashes between a vehicle and a plow have been reported in the metro since Sunday.

Kansas City crews deployed at 3:30 a.m. treating bridges, primary roads and neighborhood streets.

In Missouri, crews will apply 200 pounds of salt per mile and 25 gallons of salt brine per mile. Officials say they will cover the metro with 3,000 tons of salt.

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