Winter weather creates hazardous conditions for drivers

Posted at 6:58 PM, Jan 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-14 20:10:40-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Slide-offs and collisions were reported Sunday morning as snow created slick conditions for drivers.

At I-435 and Quivira road a two-vehicle collision created a backup around 8:30 Sunday morning.

One of the vehicles, a semi-truck, overturned across 2 lanes.

Traffic was diverted to one lane as crews worked to upright the vehicle.

The other vehicle was a small car.

Police say that both drivers were uninjured and the crash was likely a result of slick conditions.

In Overland Park, snow plow drivers spent the early morning clearing main roads and residential areas.

"We're putting 400 pounds per lane mile of straight salt with magnesium chloride,” said Fernando Santamaria, a snow plow operator with Overland Park, "The magnesium chloride helps activate the salt. It helps melt it quicker but it also keeps it from refreezing."

Steve Yates was up early too. Yates was out around 7 a.m. shoveling his driveway so that he and his wife could go out for breakfast.

“Yea, I usually snow blow when it’s a little bit deeper… but when it’s like this, it’s not really worth getting the blower out,” said Yates.

Once he finished his driveway he says he planned to head on over to his neighbors' houses to clear theirs too.

“We’re pretty much all old along this block. I think the wife and I are about the oldest ones that live here,” said Yates.

He says he’s happy to help out, adding he’d be up this early even if there wasn’t snow on the ground.

“I’m an early riser, of course, I think the whole world ought to end by 9 o’clock at night,” said Yates.

Santamaria says with the expectation of more snow overnight, he will be back behind the wheel around 7:30 this evening treating the roads for the next round.