A winter storm warning was extended to include Kansas City as heavy snow moved into the metropolitan area Friday, the National Weather Service said.
The warning is expected to be in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday. It includes Leavenworth, Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas and Platte, Clay, Jackson and Cass counties in Missouri.
The weather service, which is based in Pleasant Hill, was warning of snow Friday night with accumulations of 4 to 6 inches in parts of east-central Kansas and west-central Missouri.
“A winter storm system is starting to move across the region, with rain, sleet and snow all starting the event. A decent band of forcing is seen setting up, roughly along I-70, which is resulting in higher snowfall rates across western and central Missouri this afternoon,” the weather service said in its warning Friday.
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“The higher snowfall rates are translating into more accumulating snow as the snow overcomes surface temperatures that are around to above freezing. This will make the late afternoon and evening hours a bit more dangerous for those out driving.”
Some schools released students early on Friday due to the snow. School districts, including Kansas City Public Schools, canceled all athletic practices, games and other extracurricular activities scheduled Saturday.
During the snow storm Friday night, Troop A of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which covers northwest Missouri counties including the Kansas City area, tweeted it had responded to 221 calls for service, including 58 crashes and three fatalities, as of 8 p.m.
According to an online crash report from the highway patrol, two people, a 53-year-old woman and a 14-year-old girl, died when their 2007 Mercury car lost control on a snow-covered Highway 7 north of Clinton and traveled into the path of a semi truck.
The victims were from Urich, which is more than 60 miles southeast of Kansas City.
The driver of the semi, a 33-year-old from Lansing, Kan., was not reported injured.
Another fatality was reported in Carroll County, the highway patrol said. Details have not yet been released on that crash.
In Clay County, a deputy was taken to a hospital after their sheriff’s office vehicle hit an icy patch, went off the road and flipped on its side while responding to a crash. It happened about a mile west of Plattsburg Road on N.E. 120th Street, Clay County Capt. Will Akin tweeted Friday night.
Akin said the deputy is expected to be OK.