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Multiple crashes as commuters deal with icy roads, sub-zero temperatures

Updated: 2014-01-06T14:42:33Z

As if the cold wasn’t bad enough, Kansas City commuters had to deal with icy roads and weather-related crashes during Monday morning’s rush hour.

Several crashes were reported across the metropolitan area, including an injury accident along northbound Interstate 635 just south of Interstate 70.

That crash temporarily closed the highway while emergency crews cleared the crash. Traffic backed up past Metropolitan Avenue.

Meanwhile, Missouri 152 in Kansas City, North, was shut for a while after a collision near North Indiana Avenue.

A two-vehicle collision on Northbound Interstate 29/35 just past the Bond Bridge closed the center lane near Levee Road in North Kansas City.

In Johnson County, a crash on southbound Interstate 35 near Mission Road closed one lane of traffic.

Meanwhile a crash along westbound Interstate 470 near Blue Parkway in Lee’s Summit temporarily closed the left lane.

Overnight temperatures dropped to 11 degrees below zero at Kansas City International Airport, just 2 degrees shy of the record of 13 degrees below set in 1912.

The wind chill reached 29 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Other overnight lows included 11 degrees below zero in Kirksville, 10 degrees below in St. Joseph and Chillicothe, 9 degrees below zero at New Century AirCenter in Olathe, 8 degrees below at Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe and Lee’s Summit, 7 degrees below in Sedalia and 6 degrees below at Kansas City’s Downtown Airport.

Wind chills reached 26 degrees below to 32 degrees below zero.

Johnson County announced that there would be no Meals on Wheels delivery Monday because of the wind chill. Nutrition Centers will also be closed.

Regular delivery is expected to continue Tuesday.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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