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Thousands in Kansas City still without power late Saturday after heavy snow

Thousands still without power late Saturday
Posted at 8:08 AM, Jan 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-12 20:35:08-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several inches of snow fell across Kansas City overnight, causing slick roads and snapped trees.

The heavy snow also left thousands without power.

Kansas City Power and Light reported around 99,000 customers were without power as of 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The wet, heavy snow meant that the impact to customers was similar to an ice storm, a spokesperson said.

Crews were called in from Westar Energy in Kansas, Empire District in Joplin and Mid-America Energy in Iowa to help restore power to customers.

The Board of Public Utilities in Kansas City, Kansas reported more than 1,800 customers without power on Saturday evening. Westar and Independence Power and Light also reported outages.

Area road crews worked throughout the night to clear roads ahead of Saturday’s Chiefs game.

You can monitor crews' progress online:

The Kansas City Public Library's Waldo and Southeast branches both closed Saturday because of power outages. All Kansas City, Kansas public libraries were closed.

The Kansas City Symphony canceled its Saturday concert, "Russian Romantics: Tchaikovsky and Glazunov," due to the weather. A spokesperson said the value of tickets can be applied to the concert at 2 p.m. Sunday or toward "nearly any future concert."

In Overland Park, Kansas, police switched to their walk-in accident protocol for non-injury crashes.

Libraries in Johnson County delayed their Saturday opening until 10 a.m.

For a full list of closings and delays, click here.