LIVE WEATHER BLOG: As icy conditions move out, snow moves in for NW Kansas

Storm Team 12 has issued a Weather Alert Day through 6 p.m. on Thursday due to icy conditions and dangerous travel in the areas of Wichita and Salina.

9:20 p.m.

Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen says that dense fog may show up in Kansas during the night and early morning hours of Friday. With temperatures just below freezing, some slick areas may show up once again.

Friday morning will start with temperatures in the 20s and low 30s. Afternoon highs will warm into the 30s and 40s with some hints of sunshine later in the day.

The next storm will push into the Plains Friday night and Saturday. Around Wichita, we expect some rain to develop closer to Saturday morning, while northwest Kansas is expecting snow. Several inches are possible along and to the north of I-70. Some snow will be blowing around in strong north winds.

Milder temperatures in the 40s and 50s should be around for the end of the weekend.

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6:25 p.m.

As remnants of ice and freezing rain wrap up in south-central Kansas Thursday night, a Winter Storm Watch has already been issued for northwest portions of the state.

Heavy mixed precipitation is possible Friday afternoon into Saturday afternoon.

Significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Parts of northwest Kanas should expect 2 to 5 inches of snow and up to 8 inches in some areas.

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4 p.m.:

Freezing fog is moving in, but an end is in sight to this latest bout of winter weather. The Storm Team 12 Weather Alert Day concludes at 6 p.m. and we expect a warm-up on Friday. Storm chances Saturday and next week don't include a threat of ice as temperatures are forecast to be well above freezing.

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1 p.m.:

The next round of rain is falling in south-central Kansas as temperatures hover around the freezing mark. Crews in Wichita continue efforts to treat roads, but the evening commute is again expected to be a challenge with several slick spots on streets and highways.

Mike Johnson, with the Wichita Driving School, says if you have to drive in these conditions cut your speed in half, stay in the right lane as much as possible, turn on your headlights and traction control, turn off your cruise control and keep your distance.

"Last night there were people going 65 and as soon as we got a little further on K-96 and guess what, there were several people in the ditch," said of those who caught in Wednesday night's ice storm.

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11:00 a.m.

Another wave of snow and freezing rain is moving through the state.

Freezing rain is the biggest trouble maker with the biggest ice accumulations expected to be in south central and eastern Kansas.

Roads along and east of the turnpike that improved through the morning will see conditions deteriorate over the next few hours.

The good news is that skies are beginning to clear in the southwest corner of the state and drying will start over the rest of the state tonight.

Alan King with Wichita Public Works says all 60 trucks are out treating Wichita roads this.

King told Eyewitness News that crews have more than enough salt and sand to respond to events.

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9:00 a.m.

ROAD CONDITIONS

Meteorologist Sarah Fletcher says County Road by Douglass is completely covered in ice.


You can keep up with local traffic conditions here: wichway.org and conditions on Kansas highways
here: kandrive.org

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Winter weather continues to force several school districts to close. We have a complete list here: here

8:00 a.m.

ROAD CONDITIONS

A lot of people are wondering why we're seeing freezing rain in the Wichita area today instead of snow.

It has to be below freezing from the clouds to the ground to have snow. If there's an area of warm air just below the clouds, the precipitation won't freeze until it moves through that colder air just below it.

That's how you get sleet and freezing rain, like what we've seen this week.

A person is recovering after being stuck in a vehicle that was submerged near 11th and river boulevard.

You can keep up with local traffic conditions here: wichway.org and conditions on Kansas highways
here: kandrive.org

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Many school districts, including Wichita Public Schools are closed due to weather. Wichita State is also closed.

Find school closings and delays in your area here

6:45 a.m.

ROAD CONDITIONS

We are getting a closer look at traffic conditions now in the Wichita Metro area. KDOT shows conditions on major highways like Kellogg, I-135 and K-96 partially covered in ice.


You can keep up with local traffic conditions here: wichway.org and conditions on Kansas highways
here: kandrive.org

The City of Wichita and the Kansas Department of Transportation have been pre-treating roads since Wednesday in preparation of the Winter storm.

The city has a site where you can track all of the plows during each snow storm: TRACKING SNOW PLOWS.

Meteorologist Sarah Fletcher is live on Facebook with continues updates on road conditions:

FORECAST

Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen says that icy conditions will set up around Kansas for the overnight hours and early Thursday. Most of the ice will fall in central and eastern Kansas, with some light snow showers expected farther west.

Low temperatures will be a mix of teens and 20s while the sleet and freezing rain continue to fall. Ice accumulation shouldn't be enough to cause power outages, but it will make for dangerous driving. Afternoon temperatures on Thursday will mainly be in the 30s.

A break in the active weather comes Friday with some peeks of sunshine. Temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s. We do expect another system to roll in on Saturday, which will bring a chance for rain showers to southern Kansas and some snow showers to the northwest. The track will put the heaviest snow in Nebraska, but as much as 3 or 4 inches could fall in the northwest.

EARP

Wichita police says the Emergency Accident Reporting Plan is still in effect in Wichita.

That means, if you get in a crash and no one is hurt and there's no alcohol or drugs involved, just exchange information with the other driver and report it later at a police station or using the WPD app.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Several school districts cancelled classes for the second time this week. The Winter weather is also impacting Kansas colleges and universities.

Wichita state and Wichita Area Technical College are both closed today.

Find school closings and delays in your area here

5 a.m.

ROAD CONDITIONS

Tough travel today as messy weather moves out of Kansas this evening.

Meteorologist Sarah Fletcher gives an update on road conditions in the video below:

Eyewitness News will be monitoring the road conditions so you know what to expect for your drive to work this morning.

You can keep up with local traffic conditions here: wichway.org and conditions on Kansas highways
here: kandrive.org


FORECAST

Look for occasional freezing drizzle/light freezing rain and patchy sleet to pass though eastern Kansas Thursday with more dangerous driving conditions due to slick, slushy and icy roads.

Winds will be light and the wintry mix for some, and widespread clouds elsewhere, will hold afternoon high temperatures down in the upper 20s and low to mid 30s.

Expect freezing drizzle from Wichita to Mcpherson and light snow from Salina to Concordia.




SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Several school districts cancelled classes for the second time this week. The Winter weather is also impacting Kansas colleges and universities.

Wichita state and Wichita Area Technical College are both closed today.

Find school closings and delays in your area here

CANCELLED FLIGHTS

If you have a flight today out of Wichita, make sure to check your flight status before you leave home. At least four flights have already been cancelled.

Here's a list of a few cancellations we know about - all of them are on American.

The 5:00 flight to Dallas, the 5:40 to Chicago and the 6:30 to Dallas are all cancelled.

Southwest has also cancelled it's 6:30 flight to Saint Louis. Every other flight is still on - and there are no delays.

EARP

The Emergency Accident Reporting Plan is still in effect in Wichita. That means, if you get in a crash and no one is hurt and there's no alcohol or drugs involved, just exchange information with the other driver and report it later at a police station or using the WPD app.

You can also report it at a Quik Trip or KWIK Shop. This gives police a chance to respond to other emergencies.


11:53 p.m.

Wichita State University has canceled classes for Thursday. The university said it was calling off class due to safety concerns.

Offices will be closed, but some employees may need to report to work. Employees are advised to check with their supervisors.

Stay tuned to Eyewitness News This Morning for the latest on road conditions as you wake up Thursday morning.

Find school closings and delays in your area here

10:38 p.m.

Wichita Public Schools is one of several school districts that have called off school for Thursday, February 22.

The district said that classes were canceled due to the weather conditions but the decision regarding evening activities would be made on Thursday afternoon.

Stay tuned to Eyewitness News This Morning for the latest on road conditions as you wake up Thursday morning.

Find school closings and delays in your area here

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10:15 p.m.

The Office of The governor's office issued a correction Wedesday night stating that only non-essential employees in Shawnee County would not be required to report to work on Thursday.

The closing is in effect from midnight Thursday morning until 5 p.m.

Storm Team 12 has issued a Weather Alert Day through 6 p.m. on Thursday due to icy conditions and dangerous travel in the areas of Wichita and Salina.

Stay tuned to Eyewitness News This Morning for the latest on road conditions as you wake up Thursday morning.

Find school closings and delays in your area here

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9:30 p.m.

Gov. Jeff Colyer has ordered the closing of state government for all state agencies due to safety concerns with the winter weather storm forecast.

The closing is in effect from midnight Thursday morning until 5 p.m.

State employees are advised to tune to local television and radio stations or visit their websites for further information as the storm progresses.


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Wednesday night into Thursday morning, areas of freezing drizzle into freezing rain falls on most of central and eastern Kansas. We're not expecting the ice to be thick enough to cause power outages, but travel is becoming an issue and is expected to only get worse as Wednesday night rolls into Thursday morning.


Here are some quick links to help you prepare:

Some districts have called off or delayed class for Wednesday. Several area churches also cancelled evening activities for Wednesday. Find a complete, updated list here: SCHOOL CLOSINGS

The Emergency Accident Reporting Plan is in effect for the City of Wichita. That means if you're involved in a fender bender, no drugs or alcohol are involved and no one is hurt - you can exchange information with the other driver(s) and fill out an accident report. Those reports are available at QT locations and here: EARP FORM

If you are headed out the door this morning, check road conditions using the following resources:

Wichita Snow Plow TrackerKansas Road Conditions

Check Flight Status here: Wichita Flight Arrivals/Departures

Updates below:

Wednesday

9:20 p.m.:

We're starting to see some school districts cancel or delay classes for Thursday. You can find the complete list of closings here: SCHOOL CLOSINGS

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9 p.m.:

The Weather Alert Day in place for Wednesday evening continues until 6 p.m. Thursday. Storm Team 12 is not expecting ice to be very thick, but it doesn't take much to make road conditions dangerous.

Temperatures may not expected to get back above the freezing point until Friday.

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Update 8:15 p.m.:

Wichita police report streets in the city are getting slick as freezing drizzle falls. After midnight, widespread freezing rain is expected to present challenges on roads across central into eastern Kansas.

The icy conditions are also causing delays and cancellations at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. You can follow the status of incoming and outgoing flights here: Wichita Flight Arrivals/Departures

Temperatures aren't expected to get back above the freezing mark until about an hour or two after Thursday's evening rush.

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Update 7 p.m.:

Light freezing rain is falling in south central Kansas as traffic conditions could soon become a concern in Wichita.

You can keep up with local traffic conditions here: wichway.org and conditions on Kansas highways
here: kandrive.org

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Update 5 p.m.:

A threat for sleet and light freezing rain poses a threat to most of south central Kansas for Wednesday nigh into early Thursday morning.

The ice is expected to create difficult driving conditions for late Wednesday night and through early Thursday morning.

Most of Kansas is in a Weather Winter Advisory with most areas expected to have some sleet and some freezing rain over night. Farther north and west, there could be some light snow.

The freezing line stretches from south central Kansas to the Hutchinson area. Temperatures in the Wichita area should be back above freezing by Thursday afternoon, but icy conditions could stick around longer in northern Kansas with slick roads impacting traffic later into the day and evening.

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