KCI cancels several flights as snow storm hits Kansas City

Kansas City International Airport was returning to normal on Monday, Nov.  26, 2018, after blowing snow canceled most flights on Sunday.

Kansas City International Airport was returning to normal on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, after blowing snow canceled most flights on Sunday.

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More than a dozen flights out of Kansas City were canceled Wednesday morning as a winter storm blanketed the metro in curtains of heavy snow.

A winter storm warning was initiated in Kansas City late Tuesday and is set to continue through 6 pm Thursday, making travel difficult, according to the National Weather Service.

At Kansas City International Airport, Delta, American Airlines, United and Southwest kept at least 17 flights from takeoff Wednesday as of 6 am

Most of KCI’s cancellations were for flights set to leave before 9 am

“Pre-emptive” flight arrival cancellations last night led to departure cancellations this morning,” KCI tweeted early Wednesday morning.

Canceled destinations included Dallas, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Detroit and Charlotte.

With the exception of a 7:30 am American Airlines flight in from Austin, no other flights into Kansas City were canceled as of 6 am

As of about 6 am, KCI only saw about one to two inches of snow accumulated on the runway as crews began removing the snow, the airport wrote on Twitter, though snow is expected to continue falling through at least noon.

“Crews were held overnight in case of icing, but there was just snow at 3:45a.m.,” KCI tweeted.

A full breakdown of flight statuses can be found at https://www.flykci.com/flight-information/flight-status.

Amtrak also canceled all trips on the Missouri River Runner train between Kansas City and St. Louis Wednesday and Thursday due to inclement weather.

This story was originally published February 2, 2022 6:38 AM.

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Anna Spoerre covers breaking news for the Kansas City Star. Before joining The Star, she covered crime and courts for the Des Moines Register. Spoerre is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she studied journalism.

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