Icy conditions prompt school closures, KCI briefly shut down

January 17, 2020 - 2:03 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Traffic Friday morning was lighter than usual in the Kansas City area, with dozens of school districts and other organizations calling off activities because of the predicted ice storm.

People who did make it out onto the roads saw ice accumulating on their vehicles. Dozens of minor accidents were blamed on the conditions.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority pulled its buses off the roads around 9 a.m. with a plan to resume service at 2 p.m. when the forecast was for temperatures to rise above freezing.

As of 11:55 a.m. the airfield is open for all flights in & out. Conditions are improving so we hope we do not again have to close the airfield for safety today. Freezing rain, ice & slush make for slick conditions. We apologize for any inconvenience. Check https://t.co/SzyfR4maKb

— Kansas City International Airport (@KCIAirport) January 17, 2020
A Delta aircraft slid off a taxiway early Friday, prompting a temporary closure so crews could treat the runways and apply deicer to aircraft. Flights resumed later in the morning. 

A fire department pumper truck went out of control and rolled onto its side in Lee's Summit. The accident happened around 5:10 a.m. near Southwest Ward Road and Southwest Stuart Road. Three firefighters were in the truck when it crashed. They are all said to be okay.

Trash pickup for parts of Kansas City was delayed by the weather. A city spokesperson said trash collectors were working, but more cautiously than usual. Large item pickup scheduled for Friday in the Northland was rescheduled for Saturday.

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