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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Mayor Sly James has declared a state of emergency through late Wednesday night to prepare the city for its second major winter storm in less than a week.

The mayor says the city started having illegally parked vehicles - many of which haven't been moved since last week's storm - towed from local streets at 9 a.m. Monday to remove obstacles for snow plows.

The National Weather Service expects up to a foot or more of snow in the Kansas City area, with rain to start late Monday afternoon before changing to snow later in the evening.

Public works officials say the likelihood of rain is preventing pre-treatment of city streets because any salt laid down would be washed away before the snow arrives.

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