Johnson County continues winter storm response
Johnson County Government is continuing to respond today, Feb. 2, to the winter storm that’s expected to last through Thursday, Feb. 3. The National Weather Service has lowered its initial total snowfall predicted to approximately six inches, with sub-zero wind chills expected to set in later this week.
Public Works crews were out monitoring the conditions and plowing snow last night. Snow started accumulating between 4-6 a.m., depending on location in the county. Crews continue to plow the roads today. Wind gusts are sending snow back on the roads after plows have come through. Public Works will continue to clear snow through the anticipated additional snowfall expected.
We encourage residents to avoid driving during the storm. It will take some time to clear the roadways, and the reduced traffic allows Public Works to move more quickly, helping everyone stay safe. Roads are partially snow covered with a layer of ice underneath in some areas.
Johnson County Emergency Management, a division of Johnson County Emergency Services, is working closely with the National Weather Service to stay up to date on current and predicted conditions. Emergency Management is meeting regularly with Johnson County leaders to keep them informed as they make decisions about weather-related impacts to programs, services and facilities.
Closures, cancellations and delays currently include the following:
- Johnson County Department of Health and Environment: For the safety of clients and staff, in-person clinical services and other walk-in and appointment-based programs and services, including COVID-19 drive-thru testing is cancelled for the rest of today, Feb.2. Clinics will be open tomorrow, Feb. 3.
- Johnson County Department of Aging and Human Services: Catch-a-Ride services, Home-Delivered Meals and nutrition centers (congregate sites) remain closed for today, Feb. 2.
- Johnson County Mental Health Center: Transportation services are cancelled for the remainder of today, Feb. 2.
- Johnson County Park and Recreation District: Most JCPRD parks are now open, with some limitations. For a complete list of cancellations/closures, visit jcprd.com/696/Rainouts-Temporary-Closures. When park roads are closed for safety reasons, walkways remain open.
- Johnson County Library: All Johnson County Library locations are closed and programming is canceled today, Feb. 2.
- Johnson County District Court: All court hearings will be called as scheduled but conducted remotely by Zoom. Access Zoom information on the District Court website.
- Johnson County Planning and Building Codes: All building inspections are canceled for Feb. 2-3. Existing appointments will be rescheduled. Meetings with staff will be by appointment only.
- RideKC: Services are suspended on the K-10 Connector, due to white-out conditions on K-10. The first two runs of the day had no passengers. Operators had to pull to the side of the road due to snow and low visibility. All other services continue on a delayed schedule. Visit RideKC.org for a complete list of impacts and a list of warming buses.
Limited staff is available in offices today, Feb. 2, due to the winter weather. Longer wait times for some services should be expected. Check department webpages or call ahead for additional information. All Johnson County emergency and essential services will continue to be provided to the public.
The winter storm is expected to bring extreme cold into the end of the week. Johnson County Library’s 14 branches will serve as warming centers during regular business hours (check JoCoLibrary.org for operating status before visiting). Learn about additional warming centers in Johnson County.
Stay up to date on the latest Johnson County closures and cancellations at jocogov.org/snow. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook, @jocogov for updates. Check road conditions in Johnson County before heading out on Stormwatch.