When you live in Kansas City, you're near the geographic center of the United States and away from the cooling effects of any major body of water. So you can count on extreme weather swings in winter (and summer) with conditions like freezing rain, ice, and snow—usually accompanied by bad road conditions. It's not so unusual to find your car covered in snow in the morning when you are in a hurry to get to work or to get stuck in slow-moving traffic when roads are icy.
There are plenty of ways to stay informed and take actions to avoid weather-related stress and danger. As the saying goes: Forewarned is forearmed. From up-to-date road conditions to live city cams, there are helpful resources in the Kansas City metropolitan area that can help residents navigate the effects of cold, moist winter weather. Checking in with these can help everyone prepare for bad driving conditions and avoid trouble. Try one or a few of these aids.
Missouri Road Conditions
- MoDOT Road Conditions Line: 1-800-222-6400
- MoDOT Road Conditions Map: Shows weather-related road conditions for major Missouri routes
Kansas Road Conditions
- Call 511 from any phone or 1-866-511-KDOT for Kansas road conditions, construction detours and travel weather information
- KDOT official site
- Kansas Road Conditions Map
- Kansas Kan Drive Website
Live Metro City Cams
- KC Scout Cam Network: Live traffic information 24-7. Includes information on work zones, accidents, congestion and commute problems, road conditions and AMBER alerts.
Kansas City Power and Light Company: KCPL City Cam with live traffic views at major congestion spots around the metro (think I-435, I-70, i-35).
For technical support, call: 888-544-4852
TV News Traffic Alerts and Live Traffic Views
- KSHB-TV and kshb.com 41 Action News: Live traffic updates and road conditions for the Kansas City metro area
- KMBC-TV and kmbc.com: Annotated map with live road, weather and traffic conditions, and traffic alerts.
- KCTV5 TV and kctv5.com City Cams: Timely reports on road conditions and travel weather, including road temperatures and airport delays, with Doppler radar. Nine live city cams scan road conditions in the metro area.
- Fox 4 Kansas City Traffic: Tive traffic alerts at major traffic spots around the metro.