The massive winter front that parked over much of the central plains Tuesday ground business as usual to a halt, and it likely to continue hindering it Wednesday and beyond.
Reports suggest parts of northeast Johnson County received nearly a foot of snow, with accumulation piling up over nearly a full day of snowfall, hampering street clearing efforts. Prior to the start of the storm, Prairie Village public works director Keith Bredehoeft said the city’s eight plows were planning to start work at 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, but warned that the size of the storm would pose challenges to his crews.
“Public works departments in this part of the country aren’t really equipped to deal with a storm like this,” he said. “We do ask a little patience.”
The street clearing issues were compounded early Tuesday in Fairway where a broken water main on Shawnee Mission Parkway just west of Mission Road blocked part of an eastbound lane. WaterOne crews were able to clear the scene by the early afternoon:
Challenging as the day may have been, the school closures left some time for fun — particularly before the accummulation made the roads increasingly difficult to manage. At SM East, the Riscovallez family relaxed in their car with hot chocolate and homemade pumpkin donuts (…which they were kind enough to share. It was amazing) between stints on the sledding hill:
Here’s what sledders Michael and Stella had to say about their day on the slopette:
Today, though, attention turns to clean up. Forecasts don’t call for a temperature above freezing until Saturday, with especially cold air predicted to fall on the area today and Thursday.