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KANSAS CITY (AP) — A fresh round of freezing rain and snow slickened roads across a large swath of Kansas and Missouri on Sunday.

Numerous accidents were reported, and the National Weather Service issued a series of winter weather advisories urging caution.

The wintry precipitation began falling Saturday and continued into Sunday.

In Missouri, an inch fell at Kansas City International Airport and 3 to 4 inches in the northwest part of the state. North-central and northeast Missouri had received about half an inch by around noon and were expected to get another half inch, said Mike July, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in the Kansas City suburb of Pleasant Hill, Mo.

He said that only a light dusting was reported in parts of southern Missouri that already were digging out from 6- to 12-inch accumulations.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reported that numerous vehicles slide off ice-covered roads. Several injuries were reported, but no fatalities.

“Folks are having to relearn how to drive in winter weather,” July said.

The hardest-hit part of Kansas was the north-central section of the state, where 6-inch accumulations were recorded. Two inches fell in the northwest and 2 to 4 inches in the state’s far northeast section.

Light snow and freezing drizzle were reported in south-central, southeast and central Kansas, said Kris Craven, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Topeka, Kan.

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