Overnight sleet & snow blankets metro, causing delays, closures

Overnight sleet & snow blankets metro - Residents around the metro woke up to sleet, snow, road crews and closures Sunday morning.

Flights out of KCI to destinations like Dallas, Chicago and New York were canceled, adding to the nearly 73,000 cancellations seen in the US since the beginning of the year.

During a live interview with 41 Action News, Kansas City Public Works spokesperson Sean Demory said crews were pulling extended shifts in order to clear the more than 6,400 lane miles they cover in the city.

Kansas DOT said state crews were trying to keep roads clear, but could not add treat due to the extremely low temperatures. She explained that adding salt may quickly lead to refreezing, adding ice to the roadways.

Gregg Sharff with Overland Park public works noted that plows did not start until 3 a.m. due to low levels of accumulation, but crews were able to start residential clearing around 6 a.m.

MoDOT's Steve Porter noted his crews would be looking at bridges, overpasses and elevated roadways to add treatments. He noted the tempeartues makes it difficult to keep sleet off the roads as crews have already gone down to the pavement.

Porter said his crews had seen a range of precipitation levels, from 2-4 inches north of the Missouri River to as little as half an inch in Cass County.

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