Round two of the February snowstorms has again targeted Kansas City for a direct hit with high winds and heavy snow.
Road crews have spent the past three days pushing back snow from last Thursday's storm, clearing shoulders and intersections so that there is room to push the next massive assault.
The second winter storm moving into the area could bring the potential for freezing rain, sleet, ice and 6 to 12 inches of snow. It is expected to arrive around sunset Monday evening and may be worse for travelers because of wind-driven snow that was less a factor in last week's storm.
Area residents are still reeling from a dizzying few days of harsh winter weather after last Thursday's storm that dumped up to 22 inches of snow on parts of Kansas.
Two days later, Teresa Moore said her street in Kansas City, KS, still hadn't been plowed, making it impossible for her to take her husband to his doctor's appointments or visit her son at the hospital.
"If we have an emergency or a fire, the rescue can't come down here. So what are we to do?" Moore said. "It just doesn't make any sense."
She got some relief when plow trucks finally hit the roads around her home later Saturday, but it won't last long. Kansas City is expecting 9 to 15 inches of snow Monday night into Tuesday.
The city said a state of emergency was issued Monday in anticipation of the upcoming snowstorm that may be as bad as or worse than last week's storm.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for Monday until Tuesday at noon.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback amended a state of emergency declaration he signed last week to include the new weather.
"This storm has the potential to be more dangerous than last week's storm," Brownback said at a briefing late Sunday. The storm late last week dumped more than a foot of snow in some places, closing airports and leading to several deadly traffic accidents.
Brownback urged motorists to "stay off the road unless it's absolutely critical," adding that drivers who must travel should pack charged cell phones and emergency kits containing food, water, blankets, road flares and shovels.
And depending on where cars are parked in Kansas City, it could have a date with the tow truck.
Snow plow crews made a targeted push Sunday, as city officials advised residents to make their best effort to remove vehicles off of streets by 4 p.m. Monday to allow snowplows to plow through, making it easier.
"City crews have worked their tails off around the clock to dig out from last week's near record storm. We need residents to help us finish the job ahead of this week's storm. Please move cars off the street if you can or follow on-street parking directions. This is a serious public safety issue. Please help one another and the city," Mayor Sly James said.
City Manager Troy Schulte said it is absolutely imperative that emergency crews be able to access both primary and residential streets in an emergency.
Schulte said if snow plows are unable to clear a street due to vehicles parked in their way, an emergency crew would have difficulty accessing the street.
"Those streets that they can't get their fire apparatus down will be the first areas that we will be doing targeted towing tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. so that we're ready for the next storm event," City Manager Troy Schulte said.
To learn additional updates as they become available, along with a GPS snow plow map, please visit www.kcmo.org/snow.
They city is asking if people live on a north or south street to park on the west side of the road, and if they live on an east to west street, park on the north side of the road.
City officials say in the end, it isn't residents' money they are after.
"We're not worried about tickets. We're worried about getting cars into a way where we can get our big equipment through and keep it safe, not only for our public safety personnel but the folks that are trying to push the route," Schulte said.
Under a State of Emergency, vehicles parked on streets that do not comply with the configuration may be subject to ticketing and towing.
Kansas City International Airport set a Feb. 21 record of 9 inches of snow, 4 more inches than the amount that fell the same date in 2010. Monday might bring 6 to 10 more inches, forecasters said.
Kansas City is approaching its February snowfall record of 20.7 inches, set in 1960.
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