A much-hyped winter storm arrived a bit later but dropped less freezing rain than anticipated over the weekend, leaving many people breathing a sigh of relief.
The storm proved to be more treacherous in parts of southern Kansas and Missouri and also Oklahoma but it did not cripple the Kansas City metro area as had been feared. Freezing rain totals were generally below 1/4 of an inch. Independence Power & Light and Kansas City Power & Light reported no storm-related power outages.
An icy glaze late Friday night did result in a fatal crash, when a car driven by a Kentucky woman slid off eastbound Interstate 70 between Phelps and Lee's Summit roads and crashed into a rocky bluff. Independence Police say Amanda Hrenya, 32, died Monday morning from her injuries after the single-car crash shortly before midnight.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol handled a couple minor injury accidents in Eastern Jackson County over the weekend, as well as a fatal crash involving a large van in Platte County. But Sgt. Colin Stosburg said it was a quieter weekend than anticipated for the local Troop A, which is based in Lee's Summit. Troop A responded to 56 vehicle crashes which resulted in 15 injuries over the weekend.
Not only was there less ice than anticipated a couple days earlier, he said, but the potential of that ice led to many weekend events being canceled and many people simply decided to stay home. Road crews were able to treat highways and main roads on a consistent basis throughout the weekend. It all led to a weekend hardly beyond one with regular weather.
“People really heeded the forecasters' advice and law enforcement's advice,” Stosburg said. “We did have some ice and some secondary roadways that were completely covered, but we had little traffic.”