It’s official: We are not Atlanta.
The Kansas City region so far seems to have handled this winter’s first big snow with aplomb. Rather than the traffic jams that paralyzed some Southern cities last week, news footage here showed snowplows at work and vehicles moving slowly but smoothly on Tuesday.
No doubt, it helped to have a day’s warning. Many employers smartly took the advice of highway officials and told non-essential workers to stay home. Those who didn’t should have. And the snow, in its own way, was cooperative, falling steadily but never too heavily to overwhelm road crews.
This week’s snow provides more hope that Kansas City has overcome the problems that in some years have left people stranded in their homes for days. Plows kept main arteries open and made passes down most side streets fairly quickly on Tuesday.
Still, the real test will be in the days to come. Can Kansas City, as well as other cities, get side streets passable enough for school buses to pick up students and get families back to a normal schedule?
We shall see. But so far, so good.