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Wet, heavy snow causing slick roads in Kansas City metro

Second winter storm possible Thursday-Friday
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Posted at 5:16 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 13:45:51-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Snow began to fall in the Kansas City metro around 5 a.m. Wednesday, sticking to roadways and causing some issues for the morning commute.

The metro was expected to see up to 1 inch of snow by the morning commute, and snow and rain will continue throughout the day.

Shortly after 10 a.m., a school bus slid on a slick road near East 35th Street and Cleaver II Boulevard and turned sideways, blocking the intersection and creating a backup. The bus driver said that the bus kept sliding because the road was "like a sheet of ice."

The driver said she was OK, and it did not appear that any children were on the bus at the time, according to 41 Action News reporter Rae Daniel.

A bus also slid on a slick roadway in Belton on Wednesday morning. A viewer sent 41 Action News a photo of the bus turned sideways on the road.

Belton bus slick roads Wednesday
A bus slid on a slick roadway in Belton on Wednesday morning.

Slick spots were possible on the roads, so drivers were urged keep an eye on road conditions. Several crashes started springing up around 7 a.m., though all appeared minor and didn't appear to have a heavy impact on traffic flow.

Cities began snow operations overnight and into the morning, with plow drivers laying salt along major roads.

Kansas City, Missouri, officials said that as of 8 a.m., they were focusing on bridges and hills while monitoring conditions. If necessary, crews planned to treat residential streets later on Wednesday.

As of 5 a.m., a few rural schools had canceled classes for the day in preparation for the winter weather.

Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools said its buses were running on a delay during the morning routes.

In Overland Park, police were requesting that drivers involved in non-injury crashes walk their accident reports in at a later date.

Much of the area is under a Winter Weather Advisory until noon on Wednesday.

After Wednesday, additional snow accumulations were expected Thursday into Friday as a seond, possibly stronger storm, moves into the metro.

For the latest radar and forecast information, click here.

This story will be updated with ongoing winter weather information.