Posted on Feb 09, 2011
Kansas City officials had some good news to report post-blizzard: Missouri citizens made smart decisions before, during, and after the giant snowstorm, minimizing the damage that the wintery conditions could have caused. In the wake of the snow, Kansas City police say, there were a low rate of car accidents, frostbite victims, and injury victims especially considering the size and force of the blizzard.

While much of Missouri saw between ten and twenty inches of snow followed by below-zero wind chills, most residents stocked up on groceries before the snow hit, stayed indoors, and didn’t drive unless they had to. Businesses and schools called for snow days to keep their students and employees safe, while snow plow drivers and snow removal crews slept at their workplaces to ensure that they could keep the roads safe for residents.

Kansas Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli told reporters that the people’s decision to stay inside and not brave the weather certainly saved lives.

Of course, a blizzard of this size does not come without hundreds of stranded drivers, lots of fender-benders, and a handful of weather-related fatal accidents. In one accident outside of the city, a 50-year-old woman’s car became stuck on the snow while on train tracks and she was not able to escape her car before the train struck. In another fatal car accident, this one in Phelps County, Missouri, a man was killed because of the slick road conditions. A third person in Missouri died of a heart attack while shoveling his driveway.