Icy roads could hamper morning commute in Kansas City and surrounding region

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The region's first significant snowfall of the season is gone, but Friday morning's commute could be icy in spots.

Departments of transportation in Kansas and Missouri were both reporting roads ranging from slush-covered to completely snow-covered on Friday morning.

On Thursday, Interstate 29 was closed between St. Joseph, Mo., and the Iowa state line. It reopened by 2 p.m.

"Drivers on I-29 should exit the highway at the next exit where they can find shelter," MoDOT officials said in a statement. "Continued travel in the area is dangerous."

St. Joseph and other areas to the north and west were the first to see the overnight rain showers convert to snow. The city also saw the area's highest wind gust of the morning, at 54 mph, according to 41 Action Weather Meteorologist Brett Anthony.

In Kansas, Interstate 70 reopened in the western portion of the state early Thursday, but sporadic closures plagued drivers through much of the morning.

Road conditions maps in both Kansas and Missouri reported snow-covered highways throughout the entire states.

Snow totals range from one to three inches on average for most of the region, Brett said. We saw about two inches at the 41 Action News studio just off the Country Club Plaza. A weather blogger reported 3.1 inches in Lee's Summit.

The weather also knocked out power to thousands across the area and caused considerable delays at Kansas City International Airport.

Brett said the snow had ended in Kansas City and winds would diminish with the sun making an appearance later in the day.

The same system that gave Kansas City its first wintery mess of 2012 will move east and continue to dump snow through the Midwest and eventually end up in the east coast by sometime Friday, Brett said.

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