Opinion: Today, early Saturday morning may be good times to ‘advance vote’

Today and early Saturday morning may be good times to “advance vote” in the spring Wyandotte County elections.

That’s because a snowstorm is predicted to move into the area on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. There is a possibility of a 4-inch snowfall, according to early weather reports from the National Weather Service.

There is some conflicting weather information on the weather service report, including one chart that shows a slight chance of snow on Saturday morning, although another part of the forecast says it will be in the afternoon.

The winter storm on the weekend is serious enough for the Kansas Department of Emergency Management to send out an advisory to Kansas residents to “be prepared,” make sure their car emergency kit is stocked. If necessary, the state emergency plan may be activated, according to the KDEM.

The weather on Election Day currently is expected to be better than Saturday and Sunday, with a high of 52 and a 60 percent chance of rain in the forecast. However, another storm will be moving into the area Tuesday evening.

With the unpredictable February weather, we can’t really tell if the snow will all be melted by Tuesday. We don’t really know what the weather will do – we can only rely on forecasts that sometimes change.

Even though it is very cold today, it’s still a good idea to vote before any precipitation occurs.

Advance voting is going on currently in Wyandotte County at two locations. They include the Election Office at 850 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan., open normal business hours; and the satellite voting site at the Kansas Speedway.

The Election Office is open these hours:
Saturday, Feb. 28: from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 23, through noon March 2: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Voting closes at noon March 2 at the Election Office, 850 State Ave.

The Speedway voting site, 400 Speedway Blvd., near I-70 at 110th Street, is open these hours:
Saturday, Feb. 28: from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 23, through Friday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For some candidate stories, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/information-offered-on-primary-election/.

For more details on hours and locations of voting, visit http://www.wycovotes.org./

– Mary Rupert

Forecast: Very cold today, and snow likely tomorrow afternoon

National Weather Service graphic
National Weather Service graphic

Dangerously cold temperatures are in today’s forecast, followed by snow on Saturday afternoon through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

The temperature was 7 degrees at 8 a.m. Friday, according to the weather service.

Today’s high will be near 19, with wind chill values between minus 1 and 9, the weather service said. A north northeast wind around 5 mph will become light and variable.

Tonight, expect mostly cloudy skies with a low of 14, the weather service said. There will be an east southeast wind of 6 mph.

Saturday’s forecast is an 80 percent chance of snow, mainly after noon, the weather service said. A new snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible, according to the weather service.

Saturday night, there is an 80 percent chance of precipitation, and the low will be 27, according to the weather service. A new snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches is possible, the weather service said.

Sunday, there is a 70 percent chance of precipitation, with new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible, the weather service said.

On Monday, the high will be near 38, the weather service said. Monday night, rain is likely with a low of 36, according to the weather service.

On Tuesday, Election Day, there is a 60 percent chance of rain, with a high near 52, the weather service said. Tuesday night, there is a 30 percent chance of rain and snow, with a low around 19, the weather service said.

National Weather Service graphic
National Weather Service graphic

UG Commission to meet tonight

The Unified Government Commission will meet at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. today, Feb. 26, at City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

At the 7 p.m. meeting, at the lobby level, Commission Chambers, three resolutions on the Diary Farmers of America new office building near 98th between State Avenue and Parallel Parkway are on the agenda.

These were approved recently by the Administration and Human Services Standing Committee.

Also on the agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting is an ordinance concerning a moratorium on vending machines. It would allow existing vending machines to stay in place for 120 days.

Another item on the agenda is a plan review for the hotel at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

There are also several other zoning items on the 7 p.m. agenda. They include:
• A change of zone from single-family district to planned commercial district for storage units and parking of RV, boat and antique restoration and retail, at 7756 Holliday Drive.

• A special use permit for temporary use of land to store a 20-foot shipping container at 4437 Claudine Lane.

• A special use permit for a drinking establishing-restaurant with live entertainment at 16 N. James St.

• Vacation of utility easements at 1929 Village West Parkway.

• An ordinance rezoning property at 5424 N. 115th St. from county agriculture district to city agriculture dist.

• An ordinance vacating a utility easement at 12710 and 21716 Hubbard Road.

• A special use permit for live entertainment in conjunction with existing restaurant at 151 S. 18th St.

• Preliminary plan review for 248-room hotel with ballroom at 777 Hollywood Casino Boulevard.

• Proposed revisions to the Environs Review Ordinance.

• Rezoning of property on 6th Street, Tauromee to Splitlog, from 3 commercial district to either central business district or traditional neighborhood design. This was approved at a standing committee Feb. 2.

At the 6 p.m. meeting, in the fifth floor meeting room, at City Hall, there will be a budget discussion on the mill levy.