Johnson County prepares for winter storm
Johnson County Government is bracing for this week’s winter storm, that’s expected to begin tonight and continue through Thursday. The National Weather Service predicts snowfall, sleet and ice in Johnson County, making road conditions difficult.
Public Works crews have been preparing trucks and equipment today. They’ll work 12-hour shifts during this winter weather event, starting with the night shift crew that begins at 6:30 p.m., this evening. Roads will be monitored, along with the weather forecasts, and crews will begin plowing and treating unincorporated Johnson County roads as necessary.
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.
Johnson County Facilities grounds crews will pretreat sidewalks at Johnson County buildings once the rain stops and will begin clearing snow as it starts falling. Work will continue throughout Thursday.
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.
Current closures, cancellations and delays currently include the following:
- Johnson County Department of Health and Environment: Prenatal clinic appointments are cancelled for tomorrow, Feb. 17. All other services are open at this point.
- Johnson County Mental Health Center: Transportation services are cancelled for Thursday, Feb. 17. Road conditions will be monitored and reevaluated for Friday service.
- Johnson County Park and Recreation District: 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 District Court: The courthouse will remain open. Limited staff will be available in the building.
- RideKC: Visit RideKC.org for a complete list of impacts.
Limited staff may be available in Johnson County offices on Thursday Feb. 17, due to the winter weather. Longer wait times for some services can 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.
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.