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A brutal blizzard that whipped the southern Plains set its sights on Kansas, Missouri and Illinois, where it's expected to dump more than a foot of snow Tuesday.
The powerful storm system is a second straight punch to the gut for a region hit by record snowfall a week ago.
"We are very concerned about this storm," Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Monday. "We believe it may be worse than the last one."
He extended an early state of emergency as the storm approached.
By early Tuesday, local energy provider KCP&L reported more than 40,000 power outages in the Kansas City area. Westar Energy is responding to about 3,400 outages in Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Douglas counties in Kansas. Kansas City Board of Public Utilities is reporting about 9,000 people without power.
All lanes of Gregory Boulevard about a half mile east of Oldham Road near the Swope Park area of Kansas City is blocked due to a fallen tree. It happened just before 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James declared a state of emergency, an unwanted encore just five days after a major snowstorm dumped nearly a foot of snow on his city. Schools, government offices and businesses across the region are also closed. James urged residents to stay home if they could.
Originally posted by wildtimes
reply to post by Sly1one
Yes, I know, friend. I lived in Summit County, Colorado for years, and this was routine stuff. For months at a time.
There it was no big deal - it was great for ski traffic, and just "the way it is." And the infrastructure handled it without problems. Here, though, it's unusual, and yes, the city goes spastic. People don't know how to drive in it around here, and we don't have the same kind of huge curled-blade plows and snow management equipment as required in the mountains.
It's relative to "usual" that makes this epic. In fact, yesterday I texted my brother and my ex - both of whom lived there in Summit County as well, with me; and we all were reminded of there. (We are all here now).
Just sayin'. What's "normal" in some areas is "epic" in others. It's the community's ability to cope that makes it chaotic. Plus, here it is WET snow, not the nice dry cold and snowfall of mountains. Different climate altogether.