Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kansas City Hit Hard By Winter Storm

Kansas City has endured its first winter storm of the season, and many metro residents have spent the day battling slow traffic, closed roads and even power outages.

The roads around Kansas City were terrible all morning, as interstate traffic in most areas was 30 mph or less. Strong winds had blown the snow around on the roads, which has caused several accidents, most notably on I-29 near St. Joseph and the Kansas City International Airport. Most major roads in the KC area were not treated overnight, making  many morning commutes last hours.

Kansas City Power & Light has reported that 2,000 in the zip code of 64134 had lost power this morning, while 1,400 Blue Springs customers and 1,600 Lenexa customers also lost power. More scattered outages were also reported in Leavenworth and Olathe.

Most of the major school districts closed today, including Basehor-Linwood, Blue Springs, Blue Valley, Bonner Springs, Grain Valley, Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City, Kearney, Lawrence, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City, Park Hill, Platte Co., Raytown, Shawnee Mission, Tonganoxie and West Platte.
The snow fall is expected to end soon, but strong winds are forecasted to continue well into the afternoon. Drivers need to continue to exercise extreme caution on the roads, as these winds have combined with snow on the ground to cause several accidents already.
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