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Winter storm wallops NW Missouri, NE Kansas

the effects on the first winter storm of 2020 were felt all across the area.

Posted: Jan 10, 2020 11:14 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2020 2:44 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Friday's winter storm left impacts across all of Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. 

St. Joseph started seeing some of the effects of the storm early in the morning as rain moved in, the city's streets department said that rain put a damper on their plans to pre-treat roads ahead of the storm. Keven Schneider, Superintendent of City streets and Maintenance said the material used for treating the roads before a storm hits can't withstand wet conditions.

"The rain will just wash the material off," He said, "So that's our biggest concern."

As the temperatures dropped throughout the day, road crews quickly turned their attention toward freezing precipitation. 

With ice accumulation also in the forecast, crews eventually went out despite the rain to put salt down. Schneider said the plan, should enough ice fall, is to apply a heavy amount of salt to the roads. 

"When you're dealing with ice it so dangerous not just the traveling public but to our crews," He said. "We want to do everything we can to minimize that danger as much as possible."  

Throughout the evening hours as the storm progressed, reports of trees and a few powerlines down as well as power outages started to come in. 

In one St. Joseph neighborhood, a family was startled by the sound of a nearby tree crashing outside their home. 

Kyle Kormeier said he was just sitting in the living room watching a movie with his family when they heard the crash from their backyard. 

"We were just a foot away from it coming through our window where we were sitting," Kormeier said. 

The tree narrowly missed the family's home, no one was hurt. 

Along with the trees, the freezing rain and ice have toppled some power lines in the area, at last report, there were more than 1,900 customers without power in the St. Joseph area, another 1,000 or so more north of town along Hwy 169, and a few outages also reported in Savannah.

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Warm and breezy conditions continued today with highs making a run for the 90s. Winds will be a bit breezy at times with gusts up to 20 mph. Slightly cooler weather will start to push into the area on Wednesday with highs in the mid 80s. Most of the day will be dry, but a few isolated showers will be possible Wednesday afternoon into the evening. Rain chances will start to ramp up on Thursday with highs in the upper 70s. Scattered rain chances will continue on Friday through the weekend as highs remain in the 70s.
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