The National Weather Service in Kansas City/Pleasant Hill has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 9 a.m. to midnight Tuesday for light to moderate snow and freezing drizzle.
According to NWS, light freezing drizzle could begin Tuesday morning between 6 and 9 a.m. Snow will likely begin between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., lasting through late Tuesday night.
A glazing of ice south of I-70 will be possible with one to four inches of snow area wide. Freezing drizzle and light to moderate snow will bring visibility restrictions down to around a mile at times. Roadways will also likely become snow-covered and ice-packed, leading to slick conditions on all roads. Motorists should use caution while driving.
“Starting around 5 a.m. Tuesday to around 5 a.m. Wednesday, we could see between two to three inches of snow with sleet starting late Tuesday morning until middle afternoon Tuesday,” Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert said via email Monday morning. “Temperatures will remain cold (Monday) with highs in the low teens until Wednesday where we climb back into the 20s.”
Due to Tuesday’s forecast, The City of Sedalia has activated the Emergency Snow Routes, effective at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
According to City ordinance, the City’s Emergency Snow Routes may be made effective on the basis of falling snow, sleet or freezing rain, or on the basis of a forecast of snow, sleet or freezing rain. Emergency Snow Routes may also be automatically activated when Sedalia receives snow and ice accumulations of two inches or more.
During this activation, parking is prohibited on the streets designated as Emergency Snow Routes. The parking prohibition will be in effect until terminated by announcement or the street is substantially clear of snow and ice from curb to curb for the length of the entire block. Violator’s automobiles will be towed.
“One purpose for not allowing parking on the snow routes is to enable our crews to clean the entire road from curb to curb,” a city-issued release states. “The most important reason to keep the snow routes cleaned is to maintain access for emergency vehicles. Therefore, vehicles parked on the emergency snow route would be a hindrance to proper snow removal and will be subject to towing.”
More information is available at www.cityofsedalia.com.