Kansas City hit with freezing rain, sleet; dozens of crashes reported

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Road conditions across the Kansas City metro deteriorated quickly as freezing rain and sleet pelleted the area.

Just before 5 a.m., Kansas City, Missouri, police advised that Interstate 70 between Truman Road and Manchester Road was very slick and several crashes were occurring in that area. No one was seriously injured at that time.

@KCMOFireDept crews have responded to over 35 traffic collisions since midnight. If you don’t absolutely have to be on the road then don’t. #staysafekc #kcfd

Crews closed Interstate 435 in both directions at Interstate 35 in Claycomo around 7:30 a.m. because of a crash and continued slide offs.

A Lee’s Summit Fire Department pumper rolled onto its side around 5:10 a.m. due to icy conditions. According to officials, it was traveling south on Southwest Ward Road near Southwest Stuart Road when the incident happened.

Our firefighters are safe! Pumper 5 encountered icy road conditions on SW Ward Rd & rolled onto its side. No injuries & no other vehicles involved. Pumper 5 was returning to Station 5 on 150 Hwy after providing coverage at another station that was out fighting a structure fire.

No one was hurt, but the pumper was significantly damaged.

Kansas City, Missouri, police reported 63 vehicle crashes between 5 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Of those crashes, 35 were injury crashes.

Troop A of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said as of 2 p.m., it received 160 calls for service, 59 of which were stranded drivers, 58 non-injury crashes and seven injury crashes. Troop a reported zero fatalities.

A plane slid off the taxiway at the Kansas City International Airport after 6 a.m. No one was injured in the slideoff.

The airport shut down while crews treated the icy conditions. It reopened around 8 a.m., but had to close again around 8:30 a.m.

It finally reopened again at 11:50 a.m.

PLEASE be careful stepping out today- these curbs and sidewalks are extremely slick…some spots you can hardly tell. Grab some shoes with traction or snow/ice grips

A salt company told 41 Action News that when laying down salt on driveways and sidewalks, be sure to use salt that is 100% magnesium chloride, calcium chloride or calcium magnesium acetate. This will help pavement from erosion in the future.

RideKC officials said all buses operated by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority were suspended until 2 p.m. due to road conditions. Unified Government Transit was suspended as well, and resumed at 2:30 p.m. KCATA, Independence and Johnson County bus routes began regular service Friday afternoon as well. Officials said riders whould be prepared for possible delays.

Around 9 a.m., RideKC Freedom paratransit service was suspended and planned to only make trips for dialysis, medical appointments and return trips for those who traveled earlier in the morning.

The Kansas City area is under a Winter Weather Advisory for the system moving through until 6 p.m. It could cause icy roads for the morning commute and continue throughout the day.

A pretty thick layer of ice build up while out tracking this winter storm on the #41StormTracker. Roads are a dangerous mess now. We have seen over a dozen crashes, one of them up to 9 vehicles involved. @41actionnews

Evergy told 41 Action News that it had prepared for up to one-quarter inch of ice from the storm, and as a result, the company was not expecting to see widespread power outages on Friday.

Many schools issued cancellations ahead of the weather. You can view those here.

Children’s Mercy Hospital closed all three of its urgent cares until 3 p.m. The National World War I Museum and Memorial also closed Friday due to the weather.

Kansas City, Missouri, officials said that residents should expect delays in trash and recycling collection on Friday. Crews were collecting but moving cautiously.

If you or a loved one have suffered accident injuries in a car accident call Northland Injury Law at 816-400-4878 to speak to a Missouri automobile accident lawyer today for help in recovering the compensation you need. An experienced personal injury attorney can ease some of the burden by engaging in fact-finding, gathering the necessary documentation, and crafting concise and thorough demands for settlement of your claim.

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