As first winter storm hits, MoDOT advises against travel in Northwest Missouri and Kansas City

Dec 20, 2012

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA file photo

Snow blown by strong winds closed parts of Interstate 29 and made driving hazardous throughout northwest Missouri.

Missouri transportation officials closed Interstate 29 from St. Joseph to the Iowa border and near Kansas City International Airport early this morning (Thursday) because of traffic accidents.

The slippery conditions caused a brief problem for a FedEx. Corp. jet at the Kansas City International Airport. Airport spokesman Joe McBride says the jet landed safely but was not able to turn at the end of runway, although it didn't go off the pavement. The plane was towed to a gate. It did not cause any flight delays for the public.

Kansas City Power & Light reported about 32,000 scattered power outages in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas, and schools throughout the region closed.