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Salt gets all the credit for de-icing our roads during wintry weather, but it turns out it’s not a solo operation. The Kansas City office of the Missouri Department of Transportation says beet juice also plays an important part in melting that troublesome ice.

We’ll get to what the beet juice actually does — but first let’s find out where it comes from.

At least 10 people were confirmed dead after a winter storm moved across Missouri Monday. Most of them drowned after driving along submerged roads.

Flood waters continued to submerge roads and lowlands across Missouri late Monday, including major highways. Portions of Interstate 44 were closed near Rolla and Fort Leonard Wood. I-70 eastbound was also closed in St. Charles County. 

Despite declaring a state of emergency on Sunday, Gov. Jay Nixon has no plans so far to activate the Missouri National Guard.

Despite some of coldest weather in years, the Kansas City Water Services Department has not been inundated with service calls for frozen pipes or lines. Though, troubleshooters await a second full night of sub-zero temperatures.

Almost 100 calls have come from customers who say their water taps deliver nothing, but Jennifer Kincaid of the city’s Water Services wants people to stay aware the danger to pipes remains through Monday night.  


Some of the first aftermath data from two major and back-to-back winter snow storms is filtering out of Kansas City city hall.  Adding two agencies to the Emergency Operations Center was counted as a positive to the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee of the Council.

Those private or quasi-private operations served public transit and distribution of electrical power.

The Ops nerve center stayed open 24 hours in the storm of February 21, another 30 hours during  last week’s heavy, wet snow.  

Preventing Roof Collapses

Mar 4, 2013

The heavy snow last week caused several roof collapses around the Kansas City area. And several more buildings were evacuated for fear of a collapse, including a Macy’s in Overland Park.  KCUR’s Dan Verbeck sat down with Overland Park Code Administrator, Tim Ryan, to find out more about addressing and preventing roof collapses.

Two rapid-fire snowstorms belted Kansas with more than 2 feet of snow this week. They caused thousands of accidents and all kinds of hardships — but they also produced very broad smiles from some quarters.

That's because in a place as dry as Kansas has been lately, a blizzard can be a blessing for farmers and ranchers.

Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Macy’s store at Metcalf South Shopping Center will stay closed for repair after emergency evacuation today.

Robin Cross / KCUR

Kansas City area residents have fought their way out of a second major snowstorm in less than a week. Some areas got upwards of a foot of new snow.

Frank Morris / KCUR

This snowstorm brought the added burden of power outages, so wet and heavy it tore down trees and lines. There was a heavier snow on the south side of the metro.

Snow Update: Power Still Out For Many

Feb 26, 2013
Matthew Long-Middleton / KCUR

"Snowpocalypse 2" brought upwards of a foot of snow to some parts of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The storm shut down schools and businesses, and knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents.

Annie McMahill / KCUR

The recent run of severe weather has resulted in extensive power outages and downed power lines throughout Kansas City, Mo. Tens of thousands throughout the metro are without power.

Because of the higher temps this storm (~ 33 degrees), the snow is very moist and heavy, resulting in accumulation on trees and power lines. This accumulation is causing trees and power lines to sag and is a greater risk of downed power lines.

KCP&L has called in additional personnel and are progressing through restoration. 

Power Outages Add To Winter Storm Suffering

Feb 26, 2013

An onslaught of winds and continued heavy snowfall  are dropping power lines indiscriminately around the Kansas City metro region.


Update Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. Due to the weather, polling places have been consolidated in both Wyandotte and Johnson Counties. Find polling places for Wyandotte County here and Johnson County here

Wet Snow, Winds Lash Kansas City Region

Feb 26, 2013
Frank Morris / KCUR

A heavy, wet snow continues falling over metro Kansas City with steady winds strong enough to threaten power outages.

More Snow, Whiteout Conditions Expected Monday Night

Feb 25, 2013
Chris Prewitt / KCUR

Some areas were reporting light snow and ice in the early hours of Monday evening. The storm is expected to continue through Tuesday afternoon.

Snow Affects Elections, Area Recreation

Feb 25, 2013
Beth Lipoff

Whether you're lining up to vote or hitting the slopes, the snow will affect your day Tuesday.

Stephen Koranda / KPR

Governor Sam Brownback and state officials are urging Kansans to prepare for the storm that’s sweeping across the state. Brownback says the winter weather has already caused one fatality in Kansas.

Snow Snarls Traffic, More Snow Expected

Feb 21, 2013
Frank Morris / KCUR

It was a bad day to try to get around in Kansas City. KCI essentially closed at mid-morning with about 300 flights cancelled. Although flights are expected to resume later tonight, more cancellations are all but certain tomorrow morning. Driving was terrible, too.

Laura Ziegler / KCUR

A day of municipal mayhem is winding to a close.

The Kansas City Star’s Eric Adler writes that the whiteout of February 21, 2013 is a “100-year storm,” according to the record books. 

Many officials and citizens would probably agree.

The morning started with a snow dump. Some areas got several inches in several hours, according to the National Weather Service.

Elana Gordon / KCUR

Police say investigation of the fire that gutted a Plaza restaurant that killed one person and injured 15 others will take a bit longer than some expected.

Major Winter Storm Hits KC Area With Up To 12 Inches Snow

Feb 21, 2013
Frank Morris / KCUR

Update Thursday 5:00 p.m. KCI remains closed, but officials report that first flights in and out are expected for 7 a.m. Friday. However, they are working to reopen the airport this evening.

In KCMO: “Phases I and II of the City’s Snow Ordinance remain in effect. As outlined in the Snow Ordinance, motorists parked on assigned Emergency Snow Routes face the possibility of vehicles being ticketed or towed. Vehicles without adequate tire tread that get stuck on a major thoroughfare can also be ticketed."

Frank Morris / KCUR

You know it's bad when the host of Up to Date needs a push into the parking lot at KCUR.

Frank Morris / KCUR

Kansas City Mayor Sly James has declared a state of emergency in response to the snow storm. 

The city says crews are responding to the snow and reports 250 snow plows are running, but residents are being asked to stay off the streets and park cars in driveways or garages.

Phase I and II of the City’s Snow Ordinance are in place.  Vehicles parked on snow routes may be ticketed or towed.  Cars and trucks that get stuck on major roadways without snow tires or  chains can also be ticketed.

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The snow that fell on the Kansas City area Thursday morning is expected to fade Thursday afternoon. A winter storm warning is still in effect. Meanwhile, the storm has brought much of the metro area to a standstill.

Above, check out pictures from around the area as Kansas City digs out from the snow storm. 

Biggest Snow In Two Years Starts In Kansas City

Feb 21, 2013
Stephen Steigman / KCUR

The Kansas City region's largest winter storm in the last two years has tracked its way up from the desert southwest.

This storm system is brimming with moisture and packs enough content to keep highway crews and people shoveling sidewalks busy for much of the day.

At the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, meteorologist Julie Leflan estimates up to 12 inches of snow on the northwest side of the metro, as much as 9 in the southeast suburbs. She says it’s good enough for recent record books.

Laura Spencer / KCUR

Bagpipers and drummers from across North America and the U.K. hope to stay on the beat and in tune this week in Kansas City while competing in the annual Winter Storm piping and drumming contest.

Snow To Continue Through Tuesday Morning

Dec 31, 2012
Chris Prewitt / KCUR

A winter weather advisory is in effect for the Kansas City area until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

National Weather Service

The KC metro area experienced its first winter storm. Missouri Senators weighed in on legislation to curb gun violence. Kansas tied for last when it comes to public health preparedness. Those stories & more from KCUR.

Bill Anderson / KCUR

The Kansas City metro area experienced its first winter storm overnight Wednesday. Strong winds contributed to whiteout conditions for the morning rush hour. Dozens of schools are closed Thursday including Blue Valley, Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City Public Schools, Lawrence, and Shawnee Mission.