Wichita, Sedgwick County crews prep for wintry mix Tuesday evening
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - 3:45 p.m. Update: The City of Wichita held a briefing on Tuesday as snowfall lulled across the metro. City officials said they’re equipped with several thousand tons of a salt and sand mixture to treat roads impacted by winter weather. As in previous events, crews will begin treating major roads near hospitals and schools first and then move to secondary streets as snow moves in overnight.
Sedgwick County Public Works said it has already split its field crews into 12-hour shifts and is monitoring the weather and pavement temperatures, anticipating the snow will accumulate once air and ground temperatures drop below freezing. When temperatures drop later this afternoon, Sedgwick County said its crews will plow the snow from the roads prior to applying a sand/salt mixture.
“Public Works is well stocked and well prepared with plenty of product to fight this storm,” said the county. “Drivers please reduce your speed, respect the snowplows and keep your distance.”
Snow began falling across southern Kansas around 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Storm Team 12 said the system moving the storm into the state is expected to drop a trace to two inches of snowfall by Wednesday morning, along a line from Dodge City to Topeka.
While Storm Team 12 does not predict a major weather event for Kansas, travel troubles are possible overnight into early Wednesday morning.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) in Wichita and south-central Kansas said roads were treated earlier. Crews were sent home at noon in anticipation of the upcoming weather.
Drivers are advised to slow down, put plenty of space in between their vehicle and the one in front of them, and give themselves plenty of time to reach their destination.
The City of Wichita is holding a briefing at 3 p.m. to give an update on its weather plan. 12 News will carry the briefing live.
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