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While New Year's Day started rough for drivers, many families enjoyed a memorable snow day

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Posted at 10:02 PM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 09:49:52-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- — Some people had a rough start to the new year.

Cars ran off icy roads, crashed and got stuck as crews cleared clogged highways.

Thankfully, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported no fatalities.

A patrol spokesperson said seven people were injured in accidents.

"It's Missouri weather. Welcome to it," Heather Tucker said.

Tucker helped drivers who were stuck in the snow.

Maurice Ivry was grateful for the help, but said the snow didn't faze him.

"Doesn't really bother me, that's why I got out," Ivry said. "I just need a bigger car."

Four inches of snow blanketed the metro as snow plows worked to to clear main road before moving into neighborhoods.

But the snow made New Year's Day 2021 one to remember for many families.

"We're just sledding and having some snowball fights and I was building a snow fort," Jackson Lamb told 41 Action News.

A group of kids played on their street and sledded down their driveways.

It was obvious what their favorite part of the day was.

"Snowball fights," Noah Williams said.

"The snow falling and yeah, the snowball fights," Liam Feyerabend said.

Feyerabend's little sister, Nora, chimed in, "And sledding down ramps!"

Evie Reinert said her favorite part was playing in the snow.

"It felt pretty exciting," Reinert said.

"This is the best day of my life!" a girl named Lily said. "We get to have so much fun even though there's this virus going around in the world. We still get to have fun with our friends and family, too."

Parents were having a great time, too.

They said Friday was perfect for a snow storm.

"It's wonderful just to be out here with friends, perfect way to kick off the new year," Rachel Feyerabend said. "And just to see these kids out getting some socialization, having fun."

"The snow has stopped, the weather is warm enough to be out, the kids are having a lot of fun," Celtina Reinert said. "Nobody is asking to go in and nobody is complaining about being cold, so it's a perfect New Year's Day."

The dog parks were full of four-legged friends who love the snow.

A New Year's Day hockey game tradition continued at the Carriage Club.

"Whoever loses the elimination one, that's going to be after we beat one of these teams, probably," one young hockey player, Killian, said.

His friend, Daniel, said he loved being able to play with everyone.

"I feel really good because it's just really fun," Daniel said.

Lauren Zschoche was one of the few young girls out on the ice.

"This was my first year doing it 'cause last year I was too young," Zschoche said.

She said she has fun skating and playing the game.

By nighttime, snow still covered many major streets.

It was a busy day for tow trucks and rescue crews.

Many people said they felt content to stay home and enjoy the snowy weekend.

Some streets Saturday and Sunday will still have icy spots and snow cover.

Officials in Kansas and Missouri want drivers to stay alert and drive slow.