Sleet, freezing rain making roads slick


Storm Team 12 has issued a Weather Alert Day due to a winter storm headed for Kansas.

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 Tracker
Kansas Road Conditions

Check Flight Status here: Wichita Flight Arrivals/Departures

Updates below:


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.


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.


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: and conditions on Kansas highways


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.


2018-02-22 02:35:18

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