The freezing rain predicted for the Kansas City area Friday night might have been late, according to the weather service, but it arrived nonetheless.
According to the National Weather Service, parts of the metro area experienced freezing rain and slick roads well before 9 p.m.
Light ice was reported in Butler, Clinton, Harrisonville and Paola at about 8 p.m. Friday.
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Freezing rain reached Olathe and Belton shortly before 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Freezing rain was expected to spread over Interstate 70 from Kansas City to Columbia starting at 10 p.m.
The National Weather Service also tweeted that multiple reports were taken of icy roads across northeast Kansas, and that most of the metro would become icy shortly after 10 p.m.
Freezing rain and ice are still expected to reach Kansas City by Saturday night as an ice storm makes its way north through the Midwest. But throughout Friday, meteorologists progressively scaled back predictions for precipitation and ice in the Kansas City area.
Meteorologists this week had called the coming winter storm “potentially crippling” with up to three-quarters of an inch of ice accumulating in southern parts of the Kansas City region through several rounds of prolonged freezing rain.
On Friday afternoon, eastern parts of Missouri, including Columbia and Jefferson City, saw freezing rain.
The weather service issued an ice storm warning for the Kansas City area, from Friday through Sunday evening. Friday morning, meteorologists slightly scaled back their estimates of how much ice would form through the weekend, but said Kansas City could expect a half-inch, which might create road hazards and power outages.
By Saturday, the northern edge of precipitation moving north toward Kansas City might “flirt” with the Interstate 70 corridor, according to the weather service, leaving a tenth of an inch of ice along I-70 and to the south.
More freezing ran and ice is expected from Saturday night to Sunday about noon, with ice totals estimated from a quarter-inch to a half-inch. Higher amounts may be possible to the south in Kansas and Missouri.
Many area schools closed Friday or released students early amid a statewide mobilization in response to predictions of the coming ice storm. Hundreds of highway work crews and the National Guard have made ready for a storm that could make for hazardous road conditions and power outages.
The NFL moved back the kickoff time of Sunday’s Chiefs playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers from 12:05 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. Sunday
Local and state officials have urged residents to stay off the roads as much as possible.