KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The first phase of a massive
winter storm that could affect up to 100 million people nationwide
snarled morning commuters Monday north of Kansas City and caused
some slick spots closer to home as freezing drizzle left a layer of
ice on roadways.
Up north, the freezing rain was blamed on at least two
overturned tractor trailers that had authorties re-route traffic on
Interstate 29 near St. Joseph Monday morning, in Kansas City, a
bus slid off the roadway into a pole and was
then struck by a firetruck that slid off the road.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol urged commuters not to drive
anywhere north of the Platte-Buchanan County line as most roads
there and north were completely ice-covered.
Winter storm warnings for the entire viewing area were posted
beginning early Monday and lasting through Wednesday morning.
Dozens of schools in northwestern Missouri, including Missouri
Western in St. Joseph and Northwest Missouri in Maryville, called
off classes for the day, and several more were calling off class
early as the drizzle continued through the morning.
NBC Action Weather Meteorologist Brett Anthony said this system,
which by its end will have blanketed the majority of the Midwest
and portions of the northeast, could dump upwards of 20 inches of
snow Tuesday to portions of Missouri and could bring travel to a
stop throughout a much more-widespread area.
Brett said the light freezing rain was to continue through the
morning and we may see some light snow flurries later Monday, but
Tuesday is what we really need to look out for.
Brett says we could see 10 to 13 inches of snow right here in
Kansas City from the snowfall that is expected to begin around 8
a.m. Tuesday and could produce blizzard-like conditions throughout