KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- City streets felt more like skating rinks if you got out early on Saturday morning. Underneath all the snow that's blanketed the roads on Saturday evening lies a treacherous layer of ice. That ice caused dozens of accidents, and even more slide offs.
Overnight the frozen mist sprayed over the city, coating the streets and sidewalks with sheer ice. People out walking could hardly keep upright, and heavy city buses slid through scheduled early morning stops. Traffic lights became mere suggestions.
“We slid through four or five intersections," Kenny Vogel relayed.
Even emergency crews and tow trucks had trouble getting to the many who were stranded.
“It’s slick out. It’s horrible. If I didn't have to be out, I'm trying to finish a job, I shouldn't be out here myself. I would encourage everybody to stay home until they get it cleared up. It’s bad," Vogel said.
A towing service had 150 calls in only two hours. An early-morning accident at North Oak Trafficway and Vivion Road caused a backup at the bottom of an icy hill for hours, leaving drivers who tried to avoid it in a mess of trouble. Climbing up the ice coated slopes was nearly as difficult as descending them.
“You can’t stop,” said Rick Cheng. "My car slipped off the road and I'm waiting for a tow truck right now."
Drivers were left stuck in the mess, waiting on towing and insurance makes that advice seem understated.
"I kind of wish I didn't come out today,” said Cheng.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says statewide since Friday, troopers have responded to nearly 3,800 calls for service, more than 1,500 crashes, six of them deadly.