Officials and road crews are warning drivers to be careful as they drive around New Year's Eve. The dropping temperatures are creating slick road conditions.
Westbound Interstate 70 in Kansas City, MO, at 18th Street was slow Monday evening because of a wreck. Several cars were involved and traffic was backed up passed the 23rd Street exit.
There were no reports of any serious injuries.
In Clay County on Interstate 35 near Kearney, MO, KCTV5's Heather Staggers saw four or five wrecks. One involved at least seven vehicles and a dozen people.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Kansas City area because of a New Year's Eve snowstorm.
The advisory will last until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Most areas will see 2 to 4 inches of snow.
"A winter storm will impact the region for the New Year's holiday. Wintry precipitation started early this morning and overspread the region through New Year's Eve. While uncertainty remains, it appears accumulating snow will be possible over much of eastern Kansas and the northern half of Missouri into the morning hours of New Year's Day," according to the NWS advisory.
"Farther south, a wintry mess may develop over Oklahoma, southern Missouri, Arkansas and southeastern Kansas. All travelers are urged to begin monitoring their local forecast as this system continues to evolve through the weekend," the NWS said.
The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds travelers to use caution when traveling state routes Monday and Tuesday.
"Snow, freezing rain and drizzle are expected to affect road conditions overnight and into tomorrow," said Dave Nichols, MoDOT's chief engineer in a release. "Travelers need to be very cautious this New Year's Eve, even if routes don't appeared snow covered."
MoDOT will be treating and plowing roads throughout the day and night. The department focuses first on roads with the highest traffic volumes, such as interstates, U.S. highways and other high volume state routes. MoDOT will plow loose snow and treat the hills, curves and intersections of lower volume lettered or numbered routes as needed.
Overall Monday, street crews said it was a lighter snowfall than expected.
"We came in at 4:30 a.m. and started treating our priority streets with salt then moved into residential streets, started spreading them. With the temperature being up, it is allowing the material to work, keeping it wet right now," Brian Hutchinson, Overland Park Street Maintenance supervisor, said.
Remember the following tips when driving in inclement weather:
Steer and brake gently.
Accelerate slowly at intersections.
Allow plenty of distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
Stay back 100 feet from snow plows that may be spreading salt. Avoid passing snow plows, even when on a multi-lane road.
Be aware that bridges and overpasses generally experience freezing conditions first.
While crews are seeing lighter snowfall than expected, later the threat will be freezing temperatures. Those heading out for New Year's Eve celebrations should travel with caution as much of the precipitation will freeze over, making for slick conditions.
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