Warning: Freezing rain made driving dangerous
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The FOX 4 newsroom, traffic and weather centers jumped into action when viewers contacted us with numerous reports of freezing rain and dangerous driving conditions.
At 7:30 a.m., FOX 4 meteorologist Karli Ritter showed viewers this map below and warned people to be cautious as they head out. Then, below the first map, we’ve added other maps to show how the system has moved through the area.
Underneath all the areas shaded in pink, there were reports of rain and freezing rain. It extends to both sides of the state line. Be on guard for ice on roads, highways, sidewalks and driveways.
During winter weather, be sure to live stream our newscast on your phone or tablet so you’ll know the changing conditions.
Nick Vasos warned that those living north and east of the Metro would see conditions change quickly at 7:45 a.m. as the icy system moves through. All morning long on this Friday the 13th, the system of freezing rain moved through the metro area, and the number of highway and road closures and accidents mounted.
At 7:30 a.m. North and South I-35 closed between 175th and Gardner Road. That backup remained substantial, even, even after the highway reopened.
On Missouri side, Southbound I-49 was closed at 7:30 a.m. at 163rd Street because of slick conditions. It reopened by 7:50 a.m., but drivers were advised to slow down.
Slideoffs were reported all over the city. Please continue to be careful as the Winter Storm Advisory extends into Saturday!
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