A band of slick snow coated Kansas City Saturday morning, setting off numerous accidents and forcing temporary closures of some highways as road crews rushed to treat the dangerous conditions mostly on overpasses.
Around 8 a.m., police shut down an elevated portion of U.S. 71 near 22nd Street because police reported it had become like a sheet of ice.
Interestate 435 also had to be stopped briefly at Front Street, police said.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that eight separate accidents occurred around Interstate 635 and Kansas Highway 5 in Wyandotte County beginning around 7 a.m.
Numerous accidents were reported throughout the area i the morning, but mostly near downtown and in the Northland where the heaviest snow was falling.
The snow, which began to move in from the north soon after 4 a.m., had passed on to the south by mid-afternoon, the National Weather Service reported, with temperatures hovering between 30 and 32 degrees in the morning.
Accumulation remained, only 1 to 1 1/2 inches on grassy surfaces, and temperatures Saturday afternoon edged above freezing, easing snow concerns.
Precipitation is expected to return Sunday night into Monday morning, bringing more snow to points north of the Kansas City area in Iowa and Illinois, but Sunday’s temperatures are expected to rise into the mid-40s and stay well above freezing Monday night, leaving the Kansas City area with rain.