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Snowpacked roadsThis view from State Avenue near I-635 showed the exit blocked, plus a long line of cars on I-635 during a snowstorm on Thursday morning, Feb. 21.
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Snowpacked roadsState Avenue in the downtown area of Kansas City, Kan., was snowpacked on Thursday morning, Feb. 21, during a snowstorm.
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Snowpacked roadsState Avenue near College Parkway (near 72nd) was snowpacked on Thursday morning, Feb. 21, during a snowstorm.
Residents are advised to stay home as roads in the Wyandotte County area are currently snowpacked.
There is plowing going on at the major thoroughfares, but roads are still considered snowpacked.
Freezing drizzle was reported about 3 p.m. in Wyandotte County.
Mayor Joe Reardon issued an emergency declaration for Kansas City, Kan., and all of Wyandotte County on Thursday in response to the winter storm that has blanketed the metropolitan area.
The emergency declaration allows the Unified Government to implement emergency procedures that will enable city crews to respond effectively to the current weather conditions.
"We are asking everyone that can to stay home. If you must be out, use caution," Mayor Reardon said. "Our crews are doing all they can to clear streets but due to the amount of snow it is going to take some time."
City street crews are battling high winds as they continuously plow primary and arterial routes, a spokesman said. The city requests that residents minimize travel during these extreme weather conditions on order to allow crews to perform their duties.
There is more snow possible this afternoon and tonight, according to the National Weather Service. (To check the latest forecast, visit www.weather.gov.)
One resident reported that it took 2.5 hours to travel about 80 blocks in Kansas City, Kan., on the way home from work this morning.
Some postal customers did not receive mail because of impassable roads. A U.S. Postal Service spokesman said that as long as postal carriers could deliver safely, they would attempt delivery. But there are places where the carriers can't get to based on the weather and road conditions, he said. Customers are asked to do their best to clear snow from walkways, steps, porches and from around rural-type mailboxes, he said.
Kansas City International Airport was closed Thursday because of the winter storm.
A Kansas Department of Transportation spokesman said travel is discouraged.
The governor has issued a statement urging residents to stay home.
"Having an early warning of the storm has helped reduce travel, but a number of people are still on the roads," Gov. Sam Brownback said in a statement. "Road conditions are hazardous, so I urge everyone to just stay home and travel only if you absolutely must."
Kansas is under a state of emergency for this disaster.
Accidents are being reported on highways all around the Kansas City area, according to KC Scout.
The I-35 northbound exit to I-635 was reported closed. I-635 past State Avenue was reported to have a lane closed because of a stalled vehicle. The I-635 northbound exit to I-70 westbound was reported closed.
There were two semis reported to be jackknifed near I-635 and I-70.
Kansas Department of Transportation is reporting I-70 is now closed from Hays, Kan., to Salina, Kan., in both directions.
State Avenue was reported snowpacked in the downtown Kansas City, Kan., area.
A bus and car were reported sideways at Fifth and State.
Traffic on I-635 near State Avenue was reported very slow, bumper-to-bumper, late Thursday morning.