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Thu February 21, 2013
Snow Snarls Traffic, More Snow Expected
It was a bad day to try to get around in Kansas City. KCI essentially closed at mid-morning with about 300 flights cancelled. Although flights are expected to resume later tonight, more cancellations are all but certain tomorrow morning. Driving was terrible, too.
In midtown Kansas City, Mo., stalled vehicles stopped snow plows from doing their work.
"Too much snow, too much," said KCATA driver Eric Richeson, sitting at the wheel of a bus stranded at Volker and Troost as more cars and buses piled up. "One, two, three, four now," he counted.
Richeson said he'd never seen a snowstorm this in his 30 years of driving.
There's a chance of more snow tonight, but we're not likely in for an all-time record. Totals from the first, and biggest, wave of snows came to National Weather Service in early afternoon.
George Amos, an after storm analysis manager with the National Weather Service, said official readings at KCI were 7.6 inches piled up by 1:00 pm. Ten inches of snow fell in Blue Springs, Liberty, Lee's Summit, Mo. and Shawnee, Kan.
"Here at the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo., we had 9 1/2 inches through the noon hour," said Amos.
The record to beat, in snow coming this evening, is a full foot of snow in Olathe, Kan.