Icy weather causes passenger plane to slide off taxiway at Kansas airport
Kansa City — A plane slid off the taxiway at Kansas City International Airport on Friday due to icy conditions that also have closed schools, universities and government offices as a sprawling winter storm hits large sections of the Midwest and beyond.
The Delta Air Lines A319 was taxiing from the terminal when the nose wheel dropped off the taxiway pavement, KMBC-TV
The closures come after the National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories, saying the storm will create hazardous travel conditions from the Plains into the Northeast through the weekend. Snow is forecast over much of the Great Lakes, with a blizzard warning for parts of the Upper Midwest.
The winter weather advisory extended south into western Oklahoma and northern Arkansas, where freezing rain was expected Friday.
The airfield is still closed for slush & ice control/removal. No flights are taking off or landing. We anticipate reopening around noon. Rain letting up, temps rising, There are cancellations into the afternoon. Please check with your airline for status or re-accommodation.— Kansas City International Airport (@KCIAirport) January 17, 2020
In South Dakota and Minnesota, dozens of schools canceled classes Friday ahead of snowfall expected during the day.
In Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly closed state offices in the Topeka area, urging people in a news release to “stay safe and warm, exercise caution and allow road crews to do their job."