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Kansans deal with first major snowstorm of the season

Posted at 10:34 PM, Dec 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 00:43:20-05

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — Crews across the Kansas City metro started early trying to get ahead of this first round of snow.

Stephanie Wheeler braved the elements to bring her children to watch Frozen II in Merriam.

"I took it really slow," Wheeler said. "And yeah, just tried to be as safe as we could. I needed a way to get the kids out of the house after being trapped inside from the snow."

Other theatergoers, like Nikki Parrett, wish everyone would drive safer in these conditions.

"There's just a lot of idiot drivers out," Parrett said, "so like not stopping or stopping in the middle of intersections. So that was the most dangerous part."

That has kept companies like Santa Fe Towing busy. As of early Sunday night they had handled at least 75 callers -- a majority of them slide-offs and accidents.

"They call up and they're in a panic," Kaileigh Kupchin, office manager at Santa Fe Tow said. "It's a very frightening situation, and it's not an emotion that anybody can empathize with until they've actually been in that situation."

Kupchin said she believes the first major snowstorm of the season turns out to be the worst because people are not used to driving in it.

"I think the Chiefs game as well also played a huge factor into it," she said. "Everybody wanting to get out to that game. And the next go around that's supposed to come tomorrow morning with everybody trying to get to work to give themselves plenty of space between them in the car in front of them--take time."