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Missouri governor activates National Guard before winter weather


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A winter weather alert starts at 6pm on Tuesdays.

The National Weather Service issued the advisory Monday afternoon with a possible dusting of up to 3 inches of snow following a period of light rain, according to the KSHB Weather Team.

More heavy snow is expected in Oklahoma, southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, but snow could make travel conditions Wednesday morning slow and treacherous.

RELATED | KSHB daily weather forecast

A change of a degree or two in temperature could change when rain turns to snow and subsequent accumulations.

17:39 | Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed an executive order ahead of expected snow that is expected to land Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning.

The order activates the Missouri National Guard to assist local authorities in responding to weather conditions, among other things.

“As always, we pray for the best, but we want to be prepared for the worst,” Parson said. “While we hope Missourians will see little disruption due to expected winter weather, the state government and Missouri National Guard will be on alert to assist with response efforts should the need arise. Roads could become increasingly dangerous and we want to urge Missourians to be prepared and avoid traveling in bad conditions.”

1:46 pm | Lee’s leadership announced that his public works crews would begin paving roads and plowing as needed.

The city has scheduled the crews through Friday “in case additional plowing is needed.”

12:02 | The Missouri Administrative Office has implemented its statewide Dangerous Travel Policy, effective 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday evenings.

Government employees who are able to travel safely to and from work should report, including all employees designated to provide critical services.

Employees who are able to work remotely can do so with supervisor approval.

“We will continue to monitor the winter storm warning and will update our state team members if the dangerous travel policy is extended,” the Office of Administration said by email.

10:41am | Kansas City, Missouri, was among cities to put dozens of snow removal trucks into action Tuesday morning to begin pre-treating roads ahead of the expected snow event.

Live map of our 300+ snow removal trucks in action this morning to pre-treat the roads before tonight’s storm. Also pictured: one of 10 new @RamTrucks plows that we put into service for the first time. pic.twitter.com/HhrCUW1bxq

— Brian David Platt (@BrianDavidPlatt) January 24, 2023

Between one and three inches of snow is expected to fall in Kansas City Tuesday night (1/24) through Wednesday (1/25). Snow operations will begin Tuesday morning treating the roads before snowfall and transition to plow operations as conditions progress. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/4zy6SkNHq1

— Kansas City (@KansasCity) January 24, 2023

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