WEATHER ALERT DAY: Winter storm strikes Kansas
Crews have been working overnight pre-treating roads ahead of the winter storm.
Alan King, who is the Director of Public Works and Utilities, says sixty trucks have been treating intersections, ramps, curves, and bridges that are prone to ice.
"Just like us, you can be surprised by all of the sudden ice on the roads. It may look like it's wet and you may even have been traveling on the wet roads and you simply get into another part of town or a little bit later in the day and you find out you're on ice and sometimes it's not easy or obvious to see that ice," said King.
He says the city is monitoring conditions. Crews are on standby with salt and sand if conditions worsen.
Meteorologist Jake Dunne says the wintry mix falling across south-central Kansas will change over to all snow this morning before tapering-off (from west to east) this evening.
Up to an inch of snow is expected in the Wichita area and up to 3 inches is possible farther north and west. The heaviest snow will fall over northwest and northeast Kansas where up to 5 inches of snow is possible.
Steady temperatures in the low 30s will eventually fall into the upper 20s this afternoon and evening. Wet roads most of the day in the Wichita area will turn slippery during the evening commute. Please be especially cautious on bridges and overpasses as they will freeze first.
We’re dry on Thursday, but it will be a white Halloween for most as continued colder than normal conditions keep the snow on the ground. Expect trick-or-treat temperatures in the 20s and 30s with even lower wind chills.
Warmer weather returns this weekend as sunshine takes us into the 40s and 50s, and early next week, seasonal 60s return to the Sunflower State.
WICHITA AREA FORECAST:
Today: Wintry mix changing to light snow. Steady/falling temps. Wind: N 20-30g. High: 33.
Tonight: Clearing and very cold. Wind: NW 10-20. Low: 19.
Tomorrow: Sunny and chilly. Wind: NW/SW 5-15. High: 43.
Tomorrow Night: Clear and not as cold. Wind: S 5-10. Low: 28.
Fri: High: 50. Low: 29. Mostly sunny.
Sat: High: 49. Low: 33. Sunny
Sun: High: 56. Low: 40. Sunny.
Mon: High: 63. Low: 41. Mostly sunny, breezy, and warmer.
Tue: High: 57. Low: 35. Partly cloudy turning mainly sunny.