Heavy, wet snow slowed down snow removal in Lee’s Summit, forcing officials to pull trucks out of residential areas today to concentrate on arterial and collector streets.
Director of Public Works Chuck Owsley said the city’s snow plan calls for having at least three lanes open on the main thoroughfares before moving into residential areas.
The city had started on some residential areas at 7 a.m. but needed to keep resources on main streets as heavy snow slowed removal. The city expects to again be working on residential streets by 7 p.m. or sooner.
Warm temperatures are helping keep roads clear as snow is melting.
Snowplows, especially smaller trucks the city often uses to clear residential areas sooner, are not as effective in the wet, dense snow which weighs more, Owsley said.
The city is asking residents to stay off roads if possible.
The city’s snow plan calls for the roads to be cleared 48 hours after snow stops falling.
According to the National Weather Service new snowfall in the city ranged from 8 to 12 inches. Another inch is expected tonight and one more inch on Wednesday morning.
The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District has cancelled school for Wednesday.