Johnson County and the Kansas City region are bracing for the first winter storm of the season this New Year’s weekend.
The National Weather Service field office in Pleasant Hill, Mo., now says the metro is likely to see a “wintry mix of sleet, snow, and a light glaze of freezing drizzle” starting early Saturday morning.
The precipitation is expected to be accompanied by bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills below zero throughout the weekend.
The latest snowfall forecast for Saturday. Look for a wintry mix of sleet, snow, and a light glaze of freezing drizzle to begin early Sat AM. Hazardous road conditions expected. Bitterly cold temps also arrive for the weekend. pic.twitter.com/Mpk3kjPyhP
— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) December 31, 2021
Areas north of Kansas City are expected to get much more snow — up to a foot in some areas — but Johnson County homeowners could still be breaking out their snow shovels or snow blowers as the calendar turns to 2022.
Here are some Johnson County cities’ rules about shoveling sidewalks in front of your property:
Overland Park’s reminder
The city says homeowners are responsible for shoveling their property and are also encouraged to clear public sidewalks adjacent to their property.
The city sent this Facebook reminder out in late October, in anticipation of the start to winter:
“Once snow does arrive, snow crews will be hard at work plowing City streets,” the city’s reminder said. “However, we could use your help with sidewalks. We request that you shovel sidewalks so pedestrians can safely use them.”
What other cities say about clearing sidewalks
Shawnee also requires residents to shovel their sidewalks within a 48-hour period after the snowfall ends. Citizens there could face fines up to $500 if they do no comply.
Mission also gives it property owners two full days to shovel after the snow or ice event ends, but there is no fee for non-compliance. The city will first give a courtesy notice to anyone has not shoveled but fees after that could be assessed for those who do not comply, running between $100 and $500.
Prairie Village requires their property owners to remove ice and snow from the sidewalks abutting their property within 24 hours from the time snow and ice has stopped falling.
Lenexa does not have a specific ordinance that pertains to snow removal from sidewalks.
Correction: An earlier version of this story did not make clear that in Mission, following a courtesy notice, fees can be assessed for property owners who do not comply.