CLAY COUNTY — Due to winter weather conditions that have brought snow, ice and sleet across the Kansas City metro area, roadways across the Northland have become dangerous.
According to Kearney Area Fire and Rescue Protection District, there are multiple accidents around Interstate 35's mile marker 20 near Liberty Hospital.
While there were multiple reports of accidents around Clay County during morning commute hours Friday, Jan. 17, Liberty Fire Chief John Mills said emergency responders in the city limits took care of one accident early, but have not responded to any other accidents. Liberty police have not responded to any accidents in the city.
"I believe people are heeding the warnings and staying off the streets," Mills said.
Platte County Emergency Management personnel said numerous vehicle slide-offs have been reported on Missouri Highway 152 between Interstate 29 and I-435.
First response agencies across the Kansas City metro including the Northland are reporting patches of black ice across highways.
"On overpasses and bridges, cold air moves above and below the surface, often forming black ice," states a Missouri Department of Transportation release.
If drivers hit a patch of black ice, MoDOT suggests they leave room to brake and break and steer gently.
In addition, Kansas City International Airport has closed after a plane slid off the taxiway.
"Road conditions are beginning to deteriorate. If you must drive today, use extra caution, especially this morning on bridges and overpasses," states a release from the highway patrol.
Both northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 435 at I-35 are closed to winter conditions and an overturned semi.
In addition to the airport, other entities have closed or will open late.
The Liberty and Liberty North High Schools' speech and debate tournament has been canceled. Courier-Tribune Offices in Kearney and Liberty are closed as are all Mid-Continent Public Library branches. All Clay County offices are also closed.
More details on winter weather-related closures and accidents will be published as they become available.