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Kansas City digs out from record-setting snowfall

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Posted at 3:30 AM, Feb 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-17 21:34:30-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City was blanketed by snow once again on Thursday.

Many schools and organizations canceled classes and activities for the day.

RELATED:Guide to tracking road conditions across Kansas City area


8:34 p.m. | Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A tweeted that while there were 350 calls for service and five injury crashes, injuring eight people, in the Kansas City area, there were zero fatalities Thursday.

5:15 p.m. | The Blue Springs School District will not be in session on Friday due to inclement weather.

The district made the announcement to families on Thursday evening.

1:43 p.m. | Two Johnson County school districts announced school will not be in session on Friday, Feb. 18.

Both Shawnee Mission School District and Olathe School District will be closed.

SMSD said that MCA and JCPRD daycare will be in session at the following locations:

  • Benninghoven
  • Comanche
  • Santa Fe Trail
  • Trailwood

1:23 p.m. | The Unified Government announced its offices would close at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Transit services and community centers will close as well.

The UG said it's an effort to keep non-emergency employees and customers safe.

12:14 p.m. |An exit near eastbound I-70 and Interstate-435 northbound is closed due to a tractor trailer that's stuck.

A MoDOT crew is on the scene to help clear a path.

11:54 a.m. | The Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department closed for the day due to winter weather.

11:09 a.m. | Several areas are measuring 8 inches of snow accumulation.

11:06 a.m. | Winter weather has canceled some COVID-19 testing events in the Kansas City area.

11:05 a.m. | Shawnee Mission canceled all after school activities for Thursday.

11:04 a.m. | A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper was reported to be ok after his vehicle was struck by a semi. He was not inside the vehicle at the time.

The crash happened on Interstate 70 near West Union Road in Shawnee County.

10:33 a.m. | More snow is moving into the metro area and will accumulate rapidly.

10:31 a.m. | All Olathe schools' extracurricular activities are canceled for Thursday.

10:30 a.m. | Low visibility is becoming a hazard at the Kansas City International Airport.

10:15 a.m. | Interstate 35 southbound is closed at Interstate 435 due to a semi crash.

10:14 a.m. | Road conditions have not improved much across the city.

10:07 a.m. | Many city of Merriam facilities are closed due to weather. Court is canceled, but city services will be available virtually.

10:03 a.m. | Snow will likely be in the area through 2 p.m. Thursday.

9:52 a.m. | Mayor Quinton Lucas phoned into the newsroom to talk about changes to the city's snow removal program.

New KCMO snow removal program put to test

9:39 a.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, officials said 300 drivers are out clearing snow off of roads in the city and will continue to do so all day long.

Both neighborhood streets and main roads are being addressed.

9:32 a.m. | A portion of Interstate 29 in the Northland is closed, again.

9:29 a.m. | The Olathe Community Center will close early at 11 a.m. due to weather.

9:24 a.m. | Parts of the Northland are measuring around 5 inches of snow. More is still to come.

8:51 a.m. | MoDOT is asking everyone to stay home. Crews are having a hard time clearing roads because of crashes and stalled vehicles.

8:19 a.m. | Nebraska Furniture Mart in Kansas will be closed for Thursday due to weather.

8:09 a.m.| Interstate 29 northbound is closed near U.S. 169.

7:50 a.m. | The Country Club Plaza has seen around 3 inches of snow accumulation.

7:38 a.m. | The exit from Interstate 35 southbound to Interstate 435 southbound in the Northland is closed.

7:34 a.m. | Union Station is closed for Thursday due to weather.

7:32 a.m. | MoDOT is asking semi drivers to pull over and wait out the winter storm.

7:23 a.m. | The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking people to stay home and avoid the roads.

7:16 a.m. | The Kansas City International Airport is seeing snowfall at a rate of over 1 inch an hour.

6:48 a.m. | Interstate 635 is becoming a problem for drivers. Several are stranded on the side of the interstate.

6:44 a.m. | Kansas City International Airport is reporting many flight cancellations.

5:55 a.m. | The Missouri Department of Transportation is reporting a trouble spot on westbound Interstate 70 past Troost Avenue.

5:50 a.m. | The Platte County Health Department is closed for Thursday.

5:48 a.m. | Visibility is becoming poor in the Northland. Avoid travel if possible.

5:40 a.m. | Some public transit is running behind or is suspended.

5:38 a.m. | Snow is rapidly accumulating in the western part of the viewing area.

5:19 a.m. | Overland Park police request anyone involved in a non-injury accident walk in their accident report at a later date due to increased emergency calls because of winter weather.

5:11 a.m. | Snow is falling at a rate of 2 inches per hour and some areas are experiencing thundersnow.

5:03 a.m. | Drivers are saying roads are deteriorating as snow falls heavier.

4:46 a.m. | The Kansas City International Airport has 17 departing flights canceled this morning.

4:43 a.m. | Evergy is reporting 17 power outages affecting 1,342 customers.

4:41 a.m. | Precipitation has changed from sleet to snow on the Kansas side of the state line.

4:16 a.m. | Snow is falling in the Northland and sleet is falling in Johnson County.

4 a.m. | A crash closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 29 past Tiffany Springs Parkway. It is unclear if it is snow-related.

3:57 a.m. | Snow is already coating roads in the western part of the Kansas City area.

3:45 a.m. | Daytime Shawnee Parks and Recreation programs are canceled for Thursday.

A decision about evening classes will be made by 3 p.m.

3:30 a.m. | The Kansas City, Missouri, Public Library has closed all locations for Thursday due to expected weather.