Residents and motorists in the metro area will continue to contend with snow, ice and dropping temperatures Saturday night and into Sunday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, snow was expected to fall until 11 p.m.
Though the snow is expected to taper off, Sunday morning will be dangerously cold. Temperatures are expected to drop as low as 0 to -10, with a wind chill of -15 to -20.
By Saturday evening, less than an inch of snow had accumulated. But snow wasn’t the big problem for drivers Saturday.
The weather service’s winter weather advisory Saturday morning didn’t keep motorists off the roadways after freezing drizzle coated roads across the metro with slippery ice and contributed to dozens of slide-off accidents.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reported nearly 70 accidents in the area from 12:01 a.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Saturday. An accident closed eastbound Interstate 70 at mile marker 24 in Grain Valley about 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Statewide, Missouri Highway Patrol troopers were busy during a two-day period beginning Friday morning until 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Troopers responded to 3,757 calls for service and 1,522 crashes. Six fatalities were reported as well as 171 injury accidents. There were no fatalities in the patrol’s Troop A area in Kansas City.
Bus service was suspended in the morning but was returning for limited service. RideKC Access/Share-A-Fare Paratransit and IndeAcess Paratransit continued to be suspended, however. Streetcar service was also temporarily suspended after two buses got stuck on the tracks.
The winter weather will also have a chilling effect on the Chiefs’ home game against Tennessee Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium if the weather service’s forecast holds up.
It calls for single-digit temperatures by the noon kickoff — cold, but not even a record for a home game.
A high of 10 degrees is expected for the day with a wind chill between -9 and -19.
If the forecast holds true, the cold would be 9-10 degrees off the record for a Chiefs’ home game. Kickoff temperature during a 1983 game against the Denver Broncos was 0, with a wind chill of -30, according to Chiefs records.
City officials around the city took to Twitter to spread news about street crews and accidents.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James told of a fire truck that tipped over and warned residents to stay off the streets.
When a resident name-checked James in complaining about the pace of treating the streets, he responded.
Three Overland Park police officers sustained minor injuries in weather-related car accidents Saturday. One of those accidents occurred at 69 Highway and College Boulevard when a female officer’s patrol car rolled after being struck by another vehicle.
MoDOT reminded drivers that if travel is necessary to use proper winter safety precautions; make sure you have a full tank of gas, water and snacks.