KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation is asking drivers to stay home Thursday as snow falls in the Kansas City area.
Numerous accidents were reported throughout the morning rush hour as people tackled the icy roads.
“We need your help! Our teams are having difficulty clearing the roads due to accidents and stuck vehicles.” MoDOT tweeted. “We need a clear path to clear a path for motorists.”
Traffic on several highways and highways turned into parking lots due to accidents.
The northbound lanes of Interstate 29 near KCI Airport were closed for nearly an hour as travelers tried to catch flights. At least four cars were involved in a crash in the northbound lanes of I-35 near downtown, and another crash on I-35 in the north caused backups. Westbound I-670 also experienced backups due to a crash.
At one point during the morning commute, a KC SCOUT map showed the entire downtown loop in traffic.
FOX4 weather forecasters expect snow until mid-afternoon, but Kansas City is under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m.
MoDOT asks drivers to stay off the roads for the rest of the day to help plows clear snow and ice as quickly as possible.
The same goes for the streets of the city through the metro. Plows can clear faster if there is no traffic and parked cars are moved off the streets.
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