Due to a Winter Weather Advisory being issued by the National Weather Service predicting 1-3 inches of snowfall with locally higher amounts possible for the Sedalia area, residents are reminded that when more than two inches of snow/sleet/ice is expected within a 24-hour period, the City declares a snow emergency and the Emergency Snow Routes are put into effect.

Emergency Snow Routes help improve traffic flow after a snowstorm or significant icing by declaring a parking ban along the designated routes to expedite snow or ice clearing. Parking is prohibited along Emergency Snow Routes once the snow emergency occurs.

During recent Emergency Snow Events, plowing has been impeded by cars continuing to be parked along the snow emergency routes. Failure to remove cars during a snow emergency can result in the cars being towed at the owner’s expense.

The Street crews work to keep these designated streets as clear as possible to allow for emergency vehicle use, the City said in a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon.

Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 23-02 on Tuesday, activating the Missouri National Guard to assist local authorities in responding to severe winter weather that is expected.

The Order also extends the existing State of Emergency established in Executive Order 22-08 and later modified and extended in 22-11. Liquified petroleum gas containers owned by Gygr-Gas may continue to be filled by other Missouri propane companies through February 28.

"As always, we pray for the best but want to be prepared for the worst," Governor Parson said. "While we hope Missourians will see little disruption due to forecasted winter weather, state government and the Missouri National Guard will be on alert to assist with response efforts if the need arises. Roadways could become increasingly hazardous, and we want to urge Missourians to be prepared and avoid traveling in poor conditions."

Executive Order 23-02 will expire on February 28, 2023, unless otherwise terminated or extended.

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