Holiday drivers make last-second travel plans before Christmas storm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Holiday travelers are making some last-second changes to their plans because of an approaching Christmas storm.

The large storm system is expected to mostly miss the Kansas City area, but will affect road travel for people driving south into Oklahoma and Texas on I-35 and into Arkansas on I-49.

On Monday, the Anya Ansley and her family made an emergency Christmas Eve trip to Costco. The shopping adventure was not originally on the holiday agenda.

After seeing some relatives in Topeka over the weekend, the family had planned to spend Christmas Day in Joplin with other relatives. But that destination will now be just a pit stop.

Because of the storm, the Ansleys were driving all the way back home to Rogers, Ark. on Monday to stay ahead of the snow. The parents wanted to make sure they could drive with their 5-year-old son, Evan, and 21-month-old, Eli, while the roads were still clear.

Since they had not planned to be home on Christmas, the Costco trip was needed to have something in the kitchen.

"Even though it will be late, we want to drive back home so that we aren't stuck in the snow on Christmas. We would rather be stuck at home instead of the road," Anya Ansley said.

At a truck stop along I-35 in Olathe, veteran trucker Adam Calvert was glad he will be parked during the holiday with his family in Emporia, Kan. He has seen his share of white-knuckle driving on the interstate.

"If you don't have to drive, don't do it," Calvert advised other drivers.

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