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Snow forecast poses bummer for KC

Updated: 2013-03-23T13:10:56Z

By DONALD BRADLEY And JEFF ROSEN

The Kansas City Star

More snow. Yippee.

Not really. Been there, shoveled that.

In February, snow was pretty and exciting. Kids made snowmen. Complete strangers nearly broke into “We are the World” while pushing cars out of drifts.

But now — with spring in the air, crocuses up and baseball kicking off next week — another snow is like another Rocky movie.

That said, get ready.

On Saturday, at 11:30 a.m., Kansas City snow plow drivers are to report for what could be a long day. And maybe a deep one, according to the National Weather Service.

By noon Sunday, the area could have nearly a foot of snow. The forecast calls for 4 to 8 inches overnight with up to another 3 inches on Sunday.

But fear not, basketball fans. The show at the Sprint Center, where two NCAA tournament games are scheduled for Sunday, will go on.

Game for the contests that will send winners to the Sweet 16 will be played.

Standing at the ready in the bowels of the arena is an array of snow-removal machines, including a large backhoe and several smaller “Bobcat” type implements. Also on hand is a mountain of snow-melting material, neatly bagged on a wooden pallet, ready for dispersion.

Shani Tate, Sprint Center vice president of marketing and communications, said preparations began early this week, when word arrived that this weekend’s storm could be a big one.

Of course, we can hope the temperatures stay warmer than expected and all we get is a bunch of ugly, nasty slush.

Public works people in charge of 6,400 miles of roadway, though, have to go with the predictions.

“We’re going full bore,” Sean Demory, spokesman for Kansas City Public Works, said Friday.

Those first drivers to report Saturday morning use the big plows for the major arterial streets such as Wornall, Main and Holmes. They will also concentrate on emergency routes to hospitals and around police and fire stations.

The plan is to plow curb-to-curb and down to the pavement, Demory said.

Then at 3 p.m. Saturday, the pickup units will begin clearing the residential streets. Those crews will go until dark then report back at 6 a.m. Sunday.

The city is asking people not to park vehicles on the street.

“Out of consideration for your neighbors,” Demory said. “The last big snow we had to take some extraordinary measures and we don’t want to do that again.”

Many cars were towed so plows could clear streets.

To reach Donald Bradley, call 816-234-4182 or email dbradley@kcstar.com. To reach Jeff Rosen, call 816-234-4706 or send email to jrosen@kcstar.com.

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