Slick, icy roads force school, Christmas event cancellations

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Thousands of kids had their school day cut short Friday as Kansas City schools prepared for the worst in weather.

Middle and high school students in Lee's Summit got out two hours early.  Elementary and early childhood schools were canceled because of the icy morning roads.

Parents said they think the district made a good call.

"If the elementary bus would have come out, there would have been problems," William Whemeyer said, who has a child who goes to a Lee's Summit middle school. "Because the road that we took was right behind the elementary school and it was covered in ice, I mean, a full sheet of ice, so I'm glad they canceled schools for the elementary schools."

It wasn't just schools that were canceled.

The Jackson County Parks and Recreation's annual Missouri Town Christmas event planned for all day Friday was also canceled with no plans to be rescheduled.

Leah Chaney has two teenage boys who drive. She says she opted to drive them to and from school and has no plans on leaving the house during the weekend if there really is one to two inches of snow fall as predicted by the National Weather Service.

Her children aren't her only concern.

"The safety of other drivers," Chaney said, "like having them watch the roads for other drivers who may not know the conditions of the roads, black ice, just not being aware of what winter really is."

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