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Multiple wrecks reported in KC area as roads get slick

Ice and snow force traffic into slowing down

Ice and snow that covered roads forced traffic to slow down throughout the Kansas City area Tuesday afternoon.
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Ice and snow that covered roads forced traffic to slow down throughout the Kansas City area Tuesday afternoon.

Ice came first. Snow following behind it made Kansas City area roads even slicker, authorities said Tuesday.

About 4:30 p.m., a multivehicle wreck on Interstate 435 near Cookingham Drive closed all eastbound lanes of I-435 for hours. A tanker truck carrying soybean oil crashed into a van amid snarled traffic caused by another accident, according to police.

Several injuries were reported in that crash and others in the immediate area. I-435 remained closed into the evening while the tanker was removed and the road was treated with salt.

Numerous other roads around the metro were partly blocked at times with stalled vehicles and accidents.

Schools began postponing evening events, workers began leaving downtown early, and police across the metropolitan area reported slick roads — and wrecks.

The icy conditions began appearing on some Northland roadways about 11:30 a.m., the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter.

Several wrecks were reported in the Kearney area, officials said.

In Olathe, officials early Tuesday afternoon said light freezing drizzle caused roads and sidewalks to become slick. Just after 1 p.m., the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office worked a two-vehicle injury accident on eastbound Kansas 10. Deputies closed the eastbound lanes at Evening Star Road and reported slick road conditions.

Johnson County Community College and the University of Kansas Edwards Campus canceled evening classes because of the weather.

Another wreck was reported in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 at Santa Fe Street. Overland Park police also worked a wreck involving multiple vehicles in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 435 at Roe Avenue.

After the freezing drizzle hit east-central Kansas, wrecks cluttered Interstate 35 south of Emporia.

The storm system was expected to coat the Kansas City area with 1 to 3 inches of snow.

The heaviest total snowfall, up to 4 inches, was expected across northern and central Missouri, according to the National Weather Service. Up to 3 inches of snow were expected from St. Joseph to the Kansas City area, with lesser amounts to the southwest.

The snow ended in the early evening.

The winter weather advisory issued by the weather service remained in effect through early Wednesday for the combination of freezing drizzle and snow.

The forecast called for another inch of snow or so beginning early Thursday.

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