Several schools closing early Friday ahead of ice storm

Missouri Department of Transportation trucks loaded up with salt before heading out.
Missouri Department of Transportation trucks loaded up with salt before heading out.

Warnings of an ice storm headed for Kansas City this weekend have grown severe, prompting schools to announce closings.

See the full list of schools that have announced closings here or early dismissals: Read the complete list.

Make sure you and your car are prepared for cold weather by making your own vehicle safety kit. Many of the items the National Weather Service of Kansas City shows in this video are things you probably already own.


The Missouri Department of Transportation has issued a travel advisory for this weekend, telling motorists to avoid travel from late Thursday through Sunday.

To check road conditions including winter weather conditions and traffic speeds, visit MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at traveler.modot.org/map/.

The map is also available as a free app on iTunes and Google play listed as MoDOT Traveler Information. MoDOT’s customer service center is available for information 24 hours a day at888-275-6636.

Information on winter driving tips is available from the Kansas Highway Patrol. Motorists who need help can reach the patrol by dialing *55. You can also follow the Kansas Highway Patrol on Facebook and Twitter at www.kansashighwaypatrol.org.

For the latest road information from the Kansas Department of Transportation, call 511 or visit kandrive.org. To find information on road conditions when not in the state, call 866-511-5368.

The difference between all-season tires, snow tires and all-terrain tires is explained by Bill Coleman, owner of Tim's Tire Center in Olathe. And he cautions that none are going to be much help in ice.