LIVE BLOG: Icy roads impact roadways in Kansas

11:30 a.m.

The sleet and snow will move out but bitter cold air and harsh wind chills are here to stay.

Mark says the heaviest ice fell along and southeast of the Kansas Turnpike, about a tenth to an quarter-of-an-inch in some areas, so that's where travel will be very difficult.

This afternoon should be sunny with highs in the low teens and 20s but gusty northerly winds topping 35 mph at times, will make it feel like the single-digits above and below zero.

7:45 a.m.

Fort Hays State will be holding classes Thursday.

The school says roads have been treated and crews are treating the campus. There may be some slick spots so students should use caution and give themselves extra time.

The Manhattan and Polytechnic campuses are open. Olathe campus will be closed until noon.

If it is not safe to travel, notify professor/supervisor.

7:30 a.m.

The Finney County court administrator says all courts in Finney, Scott, Wichita, Hamilton, Kearny, and Greeley counties will open at 10:00 a.m. Thursday due to the inclement weather.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is closing state offices in the Capitol's Shawnee County.

Kelly made the announcement after the National Weather Service issued a mixture of ice storm warnings and winter weather advisories.

Winter weather is also causing problems for air travelers.

According to flywichita, two flights to Chicago were cancelled, while some were delayed.

To check your flight status, click here.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Roads are sick Thursday morning as you're making your way to work.

Roads and highways around Wichita were treated and crews continue to treat the roadways. Ridge Road, Rock Road, 13th (east and west) are treated but have some patchy areas. Kellogg, I-135, and I-235 are wet with some ice in some areas.

Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to work. There has already been one reported crash. One person sustained serious injuries in a single-vehicle accident near Broadway and I-235.

Our reporter Katie Johnston says it appears the driver struck a pole.

McConnell Air Force Base announced on its Facebook page that personnel will be on a two-hour delay because of weather.

Mission essential personnel should report during normal duty hours. All others should contact their chain of command.

11:12 p.m.

Wichita Public Schools called off classes for Thursday after lightning and thunder sleet moved into the city shortly before 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Our producers who work overnight said they encountered a lot of slick roads on their drive in to the station.

It's those slick conditions that had several surrounding districts, including Andover, Goddard, Haysville, Maize, Newton and Valley Center, cancelling school.

Wichita State University and Butler Community College also made the decision to close due to the deteriorating conditions.

Storm Team 12 issued a Weather Alert Day for Thursday. Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen said the ice would move into the metro area followed by some light snow.

Crews from the City of Wichita and the Kansas Department of Transportation will work overnight to treat major streets and highways, but Tom Hein with KDOT says the treatment is only temporary.

"We're out there melting it. But when you melt it with the temperatures we have, it's going to refreeze," said Hein.

He says part of the responsibility falls on drivers.

"It's impossible to treat everything," he said. "Drivers need to realize that It's just not going to be a perfect situation tonight. And this is that night if you don't need to travel, don't," he said.
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7:05 p.m.

Kansas power companies want to alert customers about today's winter storm could leave some in the dark.

Westar Energy didn't have any power outages but said its crews are on standby.

In southwest Kansas, Victory Electric Cooperativve said scattered outages were reported in the Montezuma area, south of Dodge City and north Gray County.

"The wind speed picked up and in combination with the ice, we should all be prepared for outages to continue to pop up across the system overnight," said the power company in a Facebook post.

Those conditions create what the power companies call "galloping lines."

Pioneer Electric said it was concerned about the potential problem due to increasing wind speeds. Crews are keeping track of the storm.


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5:35 p.m.

Icy roads caused wreck after wreck Tuesday and Wednesday morning, now Wichita road crews are preparing for another round.

"You get into the neighborhoods and all bets are off its really slick there," said Alan King, Wichita's Director of Public Works.

Wichita crews have been out treating 1,500 miles of major streets with salt and sand. They'll go through about 500 tons of the mixture just in about two to three days.

But even with all that's being done, Sharla Brummet knows there are still slick spots.

"I was stopped and the lady that was behind me, she slid right into me. I didn't have a chance,"' she recalls.

Brummet was rear-ended after dropping her daughter off at Wichita North High School. She said the damage isn't that bad. She's more worried about the kids.

"You know, one car not being able to stop at crosswalk, that scared me. Going through there, I was like, 'ahhh, what if they can't stop, what if they hit a kid,'" said Brummet.

Some school districts thought conditions were bad enough to cancel classes on Wednesday while others didn't. Now, they'll all have to make the decision again with another round of ice headed our way.

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3:35 p.m.

More messy weather will pass through Kansas Wendesday night into early Thursday with more icy, and some snowy, weather likely. Snow totals of an inch or two will be possible in areas north of I-70 but mainly flurries farther south.

Powerful northerly winds will drive wind chills down into the single-digits and teens, below zero through Thursday morning. Look for decreasing clouds Thursday afternoon with highs in the bone-chilling teens and 20s but gusty northerly winds topping 35 to 40 mph at times, will make it feel much colder.
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12:25 p.m.
The University of Kansas is closed due to icy weather conditions. The Lawrence campus is already closed and the Edwards Campus is set to close at 1:00 p.m.

The university says weather-essential staff should still report to work.
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10:20 a.m.
The City of Wichita gave an update on progress dealing with icy roadways this morning.

Alan King with Wichita Public Works says sixty trucks are out all day and all night spreading a salt/sand mix.

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He says staff are working on 12-hour sifts, and most major roadways in Wichita are pretty good, while neighborhood streets remain bad.

They are treating 1,500 miles of snow routes with 500 tons of salt and sand.

King says there is plenty of salt in reserve, and there is no concern about a shortage in Wichita.

The Emergency Accident Reporting Plan is still in effect for Wichita.

Drive carefully.


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Freezing mist and drizzle left a thin coat of ice on just about everything overnight.

MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE CALLED OFF CLASS FOR TODAY. Some of those districts are in the Wichita area.

You will find a complete list of school closures and delays here SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS

You will need to give yourself some extra time if you are out and about this morning. If your car was parked outside overnight, it likely has a glaze of ice that will need to be scraped away.

Be careful walking, sidewalks will be slick. And so are the roads. Even with areas that were treated will still have some patchy ice.

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The Emergency Accident Reporting Plan is in effect for Wichita. If you're in a minor crash, no one's hurt, both cars are driveable and no drugs or alcohol are involved - just exchange information with the other driver and fill out an accident report. Those reports are available at Quik Trip, WPD Substations and on the Wichita Police Department's website.