Police investigating New Year’s homicide

A man was found dead with an apparent gunshot wound near 44th and Parallel Parkway on Friday, Jan. 1, according to a spokesman with the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department.

Officers were dispatched about 2:20 p.m. Jan. 1 to the location, and found a deceased person lying in the snow, the spokesman stated.

An initial investigation found that the incident likely occurred in the early hours this morning, according to the spokesman.

The incident is under investigation by the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Major Case Unit.

Anyone with information is urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS, the spokesman stated.

Winter storm winding down

A winter storm left almost 5 inches of snow on the ground at one spot in Wyandotte County.
An accident was reported at 3:22 p.m. Jan. 1 on northbound I-435 near State Avenue, according to KC Scout. (KC Scout photo)

A winter storm was winding down on Friday afternoon, Jan. 1, after leaving almost 5 inches of snow in Wyandotte County.

Temperatures reached 32 degrees at 3 p.m. before falling to 31 degrees at 4 p.m.

Several accidents were reported on area highways during the day.

An accident was reported at 3:22 p.m. Jan. 1 on northbound I-435 near State Avenue, according to KC Scout.

Earlier in the day, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported an injury-accident at 5:50 a.m. Jan. 1 on northbound I-35, north of 18th Street, according to a trooper’s report.

According to the trooper’s report, a Kia Optima was traveling from the 18th Street ramp to northbound I-35 when it lost control and struck the median barrier. The driver, a 19-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, woman, was unconscious when troopers arrived and was taken to a hospital with a possible minor injury, the report stated.

In another injury-accident at 11:29 a.m. Jan. 1 on westbound I-70 near 18th, a 2008 Mercedes-Benz was westbound on I-70 near 18th Street when it lost control and spun 180 degrees, according to the trooper’s report. A 2010 Audi then struck it.

The Mercedes-Benz driver, a 35-year-old Leavenworth man, had a possible minor injury, according to the report.

The Audi driver, a 39-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, man, had a possible minor injury and was taken to the hospital, according to the report. A 37-year-old male passenger and a 33-year-old woman passenger had possible minor injuries, and were taken to a hospital, the report stated.

The BPU outage map was not showing any power outages on Friday.

New year arrives with snow and ice

An accident was reported on I-635 near State Avenue at 8:28 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1. (KC Scout photo)
National Weather Service graphic
About an inch or two of snow had fallen by 8 a.m. Jan. 1, with some ice underneath it.
National Weather Service graphic

Residents awakened to a new year with an inch or two of snow on a layer of sleet on Jan. 1.

Wyandotte County is under a winter storm warning until 8 p.m. Jan. 1. The National Weather Service says heavy mixed precipitation is expected, with accumulations of 3 to 6 inches of snow and additional ice up to a tenth of an inch, with northeast winds gusting as high as 30 mph.

Snow is expected to continue throughout the day, with sleet or ice also possible. The temperature was 29 degrees at 8 a.m. in Wyandotte County.

The weather service advises some power outages and tree damage are possible with this storm. Hazardous travel conditions are expected. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

Those who must travel should keep an extra flashlight, food and water in their vehicles in case of emergency, according to the weather service. For highway conditions, call 511.

RideKC transit service was suspended until 11 a.m., and then was resumed, according to a spokesman. For more information on bus service, visit RideKC.org or https://www.facebook.com/RideKC.

Accidents were reported throughout the Kansas City area. At 8:10 a.m., an accident was reported on southbound I-635 near Metropolitan Avenue, KC Scout stated. Another accident about 8:28 a.m. was at northbound I-635 near State Avenue, according to KC Scout.

According to the weather service, the precipitation is expected to come to an end, from southwest to northeast, just after sunset Friday evening.

Today, there is a 100 percent chance of precipitation, with snow before 4 p.m., possibly mixed with more freezing rain after 4 p.m., the weather service said. The snow could be heavy at times. Today’s high will be near 31 with a north wind of 11 to 14 mph, gusting as high as 25 mph. Little or no ice accumulation is expected in Wyandotte County. From 3 to 5 inches of snow is possible.

Tonight, it will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 21 and a north wind of 6 to 11 mph becoming light northwest. Winds may gust as high as 22 mph.

Saturday, it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 34 and a light and variable wind.

Saturday night, it will be partly cloudy, with a low of 19, according to the weather service. A calm wind will become southwest around 5 mph after midnight.

Sunday, it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 38 and a south southwest wind of 5 to 7 mph, the weather service said.