COPY-Freezing rain causes crashes, closures in Mo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Freezing rain is getting the blame for numerous fender-benders and school closures in Missouri.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory warning of the conditions. Problems developed after rain started Friday morning in an area of west central and northwest Missouri that includes Kansas City and St. Joseph. Because surface temperatures were below freezing, the precipitation resulted in black ice developing quickly.

Forecasters say the rains are expanding eastward throughout the morning hours, creating bad road conditions. Temperatures are expected to increase statewide in the afternoon, causing any ice that has developed to quickly melt.

But as temperatures drop in the evening, any rain that is falling is expected to switch to snow. Forecasters say the system will dump from 1 to 3 inches.

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