Winter storm disrupts holiday travel, knocks out power for thousands

Snow and high winds threw travel across parts of Missouri and neighboring states into disarray Sunday on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Kansas City International Airport suspended all departures and arrivals for more than four hours Sunday afternoon due to low visibility, leading many flights to be cancelled or delayed, the Kansas City Star reports.

Some airlines had resumed flights from KCI by 7 p.m. Sunday, but Southwest Airlines, the airport’s largest carrier, canceled all remaining flights for the day.

Ground travel on major interstates was crippled across parts of northern and western Missouri, Missourinet reports, with snow leading to the closure of Interstate 29 in northwest Missouri and blanketing much of Interstate 70 between Kansas City and Columbia.

Kansas City Power & Light contended with power outages across its service area Sunday, with more than 25,000 customers losing power as the storm brought down lines across the Kansas City area, the Kansas City Star reports.

Schools were delayed or canceled in cities including Kansas City and Columbia. The University of Missouri-Kansas City closed its campus Monday, and the University of Missouri in Columbia delayed its opening until noon Monday.

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