Missouri holiday travel off to semi-smooth start

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Motorists hit a brief snag after up to an inch of snow fell along a section of eastern Missouri, but other than that and some canceled flights, things were going smoothly on one of the year’s busiest travel days.

Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Paul Reinsch says at least a half-dozen semitrailers slid off Interstate 70 near Montgomery City on Wednesday morning after a small band of snow came through three counties, but no serious injuries were reported.

Reinsch says midday temperatures in the lower 40s melted any lingering snow as the Thanksgiving traffic volume began to increase.

International airports in St. Louis and Kansas City both reported some flight cancellations because of a winter storm system moving through the Northeast, but traffic through the airports was brisk nonetheless.

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