Snowy Thursday causes problems for Friday morning commuters

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City area saw an early winter wonderland Thursday, though as pretty as the snow was, it caused problems for drivers Friday morning.

Drivers are encouraged to hit the road with an abundance of caution, especially when it comes to bridges and overpasses. Even though roads may only look wet, there are slick spots out there, as several reports of crashes have shown.

Northbound 71 Highway at Swope Parkway shut down after a crash in the pre-dawn hours. As an overpass, that area is prone to be slicker in conditions such as these. It reopened shortly before 5 a.m.

A little later in the morning, four more crashes were reported, at least three of which happened in the Grandview Triangle. That area also consists of mostly bridges and overpasses.

One of the crashes cleared quickly, but the other two slowed traffic near I-470, I-435 and Blue Ridge Boulevard.

Around 5:30 a.m. 41 Action News crews spotted MoDOT plows going through the area putting salt down.

Follow 41 Action News traffic reporter Jade DeGood @41TrafficNow and 41 Action News reporter @CharlieKeegan41 for the latest updates.

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