Icy conditions prompt school closures, KCI briefly shut down

Marc LaVoie
January 17, 2020 - 2:03 pm
Photograph of a car in Platte County, Missouri that is covered in ice.

Credit: Matt Berry


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Traffic Friday morning was lighter than usual in the Kansas City area, with dozens of school districts and other organizations calling off activities because of the predicted ice storm.

People who did make it out onto the roads saw ice accumulating on their vehicles. Dozens of minor accidents were blamed on the conditions.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority pulled its buses off the roads around 9 a.m. with a plan to resume service at 2 p.m. when the forecast was for temperatures to rise above freezing.

A Delta aircraft slid off a taxiway early Friday, prompting a temporary closure so crews could treat the runways and apply deicer to aircraft. Flights resumed later in the morning. 

A fire department pumper truck went out of control and rolled onto its side in Lee's Summit. The accident happened around 5:10 a.m. near Southwest Ward Road and Southwest Stuart Road. Three firefighters were in the truck when it crashed. They are all said to be okay.

Trash pickup for parts of Kansas City was delayed by the weather. A city spokesperson said trash collectors were working, but more cautiously than usual. Large item pickup scheduled for Friday in the Northland was rescheduled for Saturday.

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