The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, calling for up to ten inches of snow beginning Tuesday morning through Wednesday. The heaviest snowfall is expected to come between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. In addition, wind gusts of up to 30 mph may limit visibility and cause drifting snow.
The predicted storm is reminiscent of the February 21, 2013 winter storm that intensified shortly after rush hour, prompting many people to leave work early. The logjam of cars and those abandoned on streets and highways throughout the metro hampered the efforts of plow drivers and emergency responders. To avoid a repeat of 2013, Olatheans are asked to plan ahead and monitor weather conditions.
The Kansas Department of Transportation is urging Kansans to stay off roadways and stay indoors.
Olathe’s Snow Response Plan
City of Olathe snow crews spent Monday pre-treating streets and will begin plow operations when snow moves into the area. Major roadways and collector streets are the first snow removal priority, along with concentration on hills, hazardous intersections, commercial and school areas. Attention to residential streets and cul-de-sacs will follow only after major roadways and collector streets are accessible.
Snow plows will service both arterial and residential streets. Crews will provide service 24/7 as long as necessary. The City of Olathe will make every effort to get neighborhoods passable as quickly as possible, but with low temperatures and high winds, this is expected to take several days. Residents are reminded that it is unavoidable for plows to move snow near and across the entrance of driveways, especially when plowing large volumes of snow. To lessen the windrow effect, residents are encouraged to shovel snow into yards and away from the street. Residents are also asked to move cars off streets to ease plow efforts.
As always, you can follow snowplow progress via the City’s interactive plow map at OlatheKS.org.