Snow and ice are regular features of Kansas winters. Any time the temperature drops below freezing, there's a chance snow and ice may follow. Not only do these conditions make travel more dangerous, but the extreme cold can also be a risk to your health.
We want to make sure you're prepared for all types of winter weather hazards. Follow this guide for up-to-date information on closures and cancellations, as well as tips to stay safe and warm when it's cold outside.
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Johnson County Public Works plow roads in unincorporated areas of the county.
Public Works' process for snow removal in unincorporated areas with these priorities:
Use the search tool below to find out if you live in unincorporated Johnson County.
If you live in a Johnson County city, your city handles snow and ice removal. Please refer to your city's website for information and questions regarding snow operations:
During extreme cold, warming centers are open throughout Johnson County. If you are unable to access heating where you are, you can visit these locations to warm up.
Additionally, both locations of the Olathe Public Library serve as warming centers.
When the temperature drops below 10 degrees, RideKC warming buses will be stationed at the Mission Transit Center as needed.
The City of Overland Park has public places in many its buildings where people can come in during business hours and warm up if needed, including:
The Powell Community Center, 6200 Martway St. Mission, is available during regular business hours.
Serious health problems can result from prolonged exposure to the cold. The most common cold-related problems are hypothermia and frostbite.
Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well.
If you notice any of these signs, take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95°, the situation is an emergency—seek medical attention immediately.
Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation.
The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures.
At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:
Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold. If you must do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly.
The ability to feel a change in temperature decreases with age, and older people are more susceptible to health problems caused by cold. Older adults often make less body heat because of a slower metabolism and less physical activity.
If you are over 65 years of age, check the temperature in your home often during severely cold weather. Also, check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure that their homes are adequately heated.
When the weather is extremely cold, and especially if there are high winds, try to stay indoors. Make any trips outside as brief as possible, dress warmly and stay dry. Wear...
Be sure the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven, preferably wind resistant, to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton.
Stay dry—wet clothing chills the body rapidly. Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm.