Kansans fatigued by winter weather

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8:45 p.m.

11 a.m. in Ellsworth (Courtesy: Angie)

While winter doesn't end officially until March 20, some Kansans we talked to on Friday say their done with the season.

"I want summer to be here tomorrow, maybe this afternoon."

There are a few who say it's not bad.

"We heard Reno, Nevada just got 7 feet of snow and so we are actually quite happy to be back in Wichita."

From ice to sleet to snow, over the last couple of weeks, crews have been busy trying to keep roads safe using tons of salt and sand.

Area salt mines are trying to keep up with the demand following winter storms affecting much of the nation.

Jim Barta says his crews at Hutchinson Salt Company are working hard right now, but they too appreciate the snow and ice.

"It's been a busy winter for us so far this year," said Barta. "We like the ice storms. They actually bring in more business for us than the snow."

Barta says the mine is producing about 20,000 tons of salt a week right now.due to the high demand to keep roads good for driving.

"Since the start of the day Monday we've had trucks lined up for about a mile. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, loading both shifts. Constantly loading," said Barta.

Friday through the weekend, Hutchinson Salt will ship tons of salt by rail before switching back to trucks at the beginning of the week. That product will then be put down on roads across the Midwest.

"We've got a lot of product going to Chicago, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and North and South Dakota right now," said Barta.

He says it's rewarding.

"We're a mine, but we're in the safety business. We want to make sure your family makes it home safe everyday . That's a big thing for us that we can provide the salt for people to protect you guys on the highways," said Barta.

Storm Team 12 Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen says that some light snow will be possible again Saturday, but the amounts will be very light. Some snowpacked areas may show up in northern Kansas Saturday afternoon. Another storm system will slide into the area early next week.
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11 a.m.

Major roads around the metro are a bit slushy but otherwise okay. Ice caused some issues for some on their morning commute.

The city says they will have crews on standby all weekend as we are expecting more winter weather to come.

KANDRIVE is indicating a mix of completely covered, partially covered and seasonal highways throughout the state. Many southeast Kansas highways are extremely slick in spots. If you must travel, caution is advised: http://www.kandrive.org or call 511.

8:10 a.m.

Storm Team 12 says sleet and snow will push into Missouri by Friday evening.

Roads will be slick but but there won't be any more messy weather tonight.

Cold temperatures are here to stay through the middle of next week and we will see more chances for snow soon.

7 a.m.

Wichita public schools say buses are avoiding elevated roadways this morning, so some routes may be running late.

Buses for the Renwick School District may also be running late. Make sure to allow yourself extra time for your commute.




5:50 a.m. Friday February 15, 2019

Freezing rain is starting to move into the Wichita area so be careful this morning.

Storm Team 12 says there have been reports of icy conditions south of Kingman. Great Bend is also seeing some sleet.

The storm system may move in quicker than earlier expected.

Tempertures are in the teens and 20s, winds are gusty in spots and wind chills are in the single-digits and teens.

The heaviest snow will fall over the northeast where 3 to 4 inches will be possible. Western Kansas will see mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies by afternoon while it stays gray over the east.

5:57 p.m. Thursday February 14, 2019

Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen says that slick conditions are likely early Friday with sleet and freezing drizzle possible. Snow is expected over much of central and northern Kansas.

Low temperatures early Friday will be down in the teens and 20s with northeast winds making it feel colder. The icy weather should begin before daybreak and continue moving east throughout the day. Highs will be in the 20s with sleet and snow coming to an end. Most of the snow accumulation will be in north central and northeast Kansas. Ice accumulation won't be heavy enough to cause any power outages.

Look for more clouds again Saturday with a few late day or evening flurries. Temperatures will be staying rather chilly throughout the weekend.

Another snow chance arrives early next week.
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10:15 a.m. Thursday February 14, 2019

Another round of winter weather is headed to Kansas.

Some parts of the state will see ice, sleet, and snow. The icy weather will start quickly around 3- 6 a.m. and move east. This should be mostly sleet, but some freezing drizzle may mix in too. Farther north, expect light snow. This should be for most areas north of I-70. Ice accumulation won't be enough for widespread power outages or tree damage, but roads and sidewalks could be a mess.

Ross says Friday afternoon, the icy weather and snow will continue moving east. The sleet and freezing drizzle will be winding down but the snow will continue farther north. By the evening, the snow will move out of our area.
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Meteorologist Mark Larson says most of Kansas will enjoy one more mild day before a strong cold front sweeps through our region signaling the start of a cold spell that will take us through most of next week and bring ice and snow to our state Friday.

A strong cold front drop through Kansas Thursday ushering colder air into the northern half of our state. Highs today will fall into the 40s north of I-70 with 50s and 60s across the south.

Winds will shift to the north as the front sweeps through our area, gusting over 30 mph at times into the evening.

Southern Kansas will see some icy conditions early Friday due to sleet, freezing drizzle or light freezing rain, with snow expected across central and northern parts of our state.

Highs will tumble into the 20s and 30s tomorrow and we'll stay in the freezer through most of next week. More passing chances for light snow or flurries will roll across our area Saturday night and again Tuesday into early Wednesday. Winter's back for a while.

WICHITA AREA FORECAST:

Today: Mostly sunny, breezy. Wind: SW/N 10-20; gusty late. High: 63.

Tonight: Increasing clouds. Wind: N/NE 10-20. Low: 23.

Tomorrow: Freezing drizzle/sleet early, then a few p.m. flurries. Wind: NE 10-20. High: 29.

Tomorrow night: Mostly cloudy. Wind: NE 10-15. Low: 17.

Sat: High: 34 Occasional light, wintry mix, evening flurries.
Sun: High: 36 Low: 20 Partly cloudy.
Mon: High: 30 Low: 18 Mostly cloudy; breezy, colder.
Tue: High: 28 Low: 19 Mostly cloudy; breezy; light snow late.
Wed: High: 36 Low: 18 Light snow early then partly cloudy.
Thu: High: 44 Low: 20 Partly cloudy, windy.