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LIVE: Winter weather arrives to Kansas City area on New Years

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Posted at 5:56 AM, Jan 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-02 08:05:34-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 7: 33 p.m. | KSHB 41 News Reporter Megan Abundis caught up with community members who had their shovels and sleds ready for winter weather.

Parents Josh Shirley and Brian Adams spent their New Year's Day braving the cold with their kids while judging sledding competitions based on technique and style.

11:54 a.m. | According to KSHB 41 Chief Meteorologist Gary Lezak the storm has taken a turn to the north.

It will snow on and off through midnight. Up to 1 inch of snow is possible.

10:56 a.m. | Sleet falls in Liberty, Missouri, as a band of winter weather moves through the Kansas City area.

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10:28 a.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, Brian David Platt said the cold weather is making it difficult to fight the snow, but around 300 snow removal trucks are working to clear roads.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, six people were injured in vehicle crashes in the state between 1-8 a.m., and there were several other slide offs.

9:54 a.m. | KSHB 41 Meteorologist Jeff Penner says that Overland Park roads are covered with one-tenth inch of sleet and snow.

The main band of precipitation will move through the area between now and 1 p.m.

9:46 a.m. | KSHB 41 Chief Meteorologist Gary Lezak broke down what precipitation you can expect to hit the Kansas City area this afternoon.

Saturday morning weather update

9:36 a.m. | In Olathe, 100% of primary roads have been treated and 98% of residential roads were treated.

Crews will continue to operate as needed. The city warns that Olathe roads may be slick.

9:31 a.m. | RideKC buses are following their standard routes. 90% of buses are 10 minutes late on average. Buses can be monitored on the RideKC website.

RideKC Freedom is experiencing 30-60 minute delays.

When it comes to traveling by air, a KCI spokesperson says this morning's flight cancellations were planned in advance and are not a reflection of current weather conditions.

8:59 a.m. | According to the Missouri Department of Transportation and KanDrive, many roads in Kansas City are covered or partially covered.

In Independence, crews returned to priority roads before completing secondary roads due to the presence of ice.

The City of Independence reported seeing 90% coverage on the road with a thin one-eighth inch layer of ice in a Tweet.

8:45 a.m. | KSHB 41 News reporter Charlie Keegan spots snowplows clearing roads on northbound Interstate 435 near Interstate 35 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Crews in the city were out overnight and will operate throughout the day.

8:20 a.m. | A number of flights at Kansas City International Airport have been canceled. It is unclear at this time if the cause is weather related.

Additionally, the attractions at Union Station have closed due to the winter weather.

Science City, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, Extreme Screen Theatre and the Auschwitz Exhibition have all been affected.

7:34 a.m. | An Evergy power outage between Hillsdale, Kansas, and Cleveland, Missouri, is currently affecting 1,394 customers.

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7:08 a.m. | Road conditions vary across the Kansas City area, with snow-covered roads in the north and slick spots towards the south.

A heavier band of snow is expected to arrive between 10-11 a.m. and will leave by 2 p.m. The band is projected to bring 1-2 inches of snow to most places in the area.

6:46 a.m. | Due to weather conditions, the Overland Park Police Department has asked any driver involved in a non-injury collision to submit their accident report at a later date.

OPPD recommends drivers exchange information including names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information license plates numbers and any witnesses.

Police will continue to respond to accidents where the vehicle is no longer drivable or a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

5:56 a.m. | Winter weather arrived to the Kansas City area early Saturday morning.

A mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow began to fall on the area.

1 to 5 inches of snow are projected, with higher amounts in the north.

A wind chill advisory was issued in the Kansas City area at 3:44 a.m. Wind chills could be as low as 15 degrees below zero.

Below freezing road temperatures has caused ice to form on some roadways.

As weather conditions began, several crashes took place. Among the early morning collisions were crashes at Interstate 435 southbound at Leavenworth road, Interstate 435 northbound past Front street and Interstate 635 southbound at Interstate 35.