As the freezing rain was turning to ice late Friday evening and creating dangerous road conditions around metro Kansas City, local officials were asking drivers to stay off the roads if possible, as a matter of public safety.
On Friday morning, the Kansas City National Weather Service warned of freezing rain on the Metro during the evening that could create a light icing of ice on sidewalks, streets and bridges during rush hours. A winter weather warning was in place until 11pm
On Friday evening, the weather service said in a tweet: “We are probably past the point of taking it easy on the roads. If you’re not on the road now, try staying out for the rest of the evening.”
Drivers have been advised to slow down and be careful while travelling. People have also been told to prepare for possible power outages.
Meanwhile, reports of collisions began Friday evening, including a number of incidents recorded on KC Scout, which monitors highway traffic in the Metro. Highway closures have been reported on several freeways, including I-470, I-670, and I-70.
Kansas City Police said officers were responding to several incidents in the city.
Area law enforcement, including Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A and Shawnee Police, have asked drivers to simply avoid traveling Friday night if possible.
“It’s a great night to hang out, maybe watch some Netflix or dare we say read a book! But if you have to go out… slow down and drive carefully! MSHP said in a tweet.
Agencies in Lenexa and Overland Park advised those involved in minor incidents Friday night to enter the police station to file a report until weather conditions improve.
Robert A. Cronkleton of The Star contributed to this report.