Archive for Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Area under winter advisory

December 9, 2008, 11:08 a.m.

Updated: December 9, 2008, 3:32 p.m.

The metro area is in its second winter weather advisory of the year.

The National Weather Service is forecasting periods of snow and areas of blowing snow, mainly after noon, with a total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

The winter weather advisory for snow and blowing snow remains in effect until 6 p.m. today.

Snow accumulation of up to one half inch may have fallen thus far in portions of Miami and Johnson counties in Kansas with an additional one to two inches accumulation expected across the entire advisory area this afternoon, the Kansas Department of Transportation reported at 3 p.m. The addition of northerly winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts to around 35 mph will likely create blowing snow ,which will further reduce visibilities.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Forecasters warn drivers to be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities.

The Kansas Department of Transportation said its crews are out treating the roadways, bridges, ramps and overpasses with a sand and salt mixture.

Roadway conditions are wet/slush to partly snow-packed in spots and are slick, KDOT said. Officials were advising drivers to slow down as roads may be slick and blowing snow will make visibility difficult. Police in Kansas City, Kan., closed a portion of Interstate 70 about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday when a semi overturned. Police said westbound I-70 at Interstate 635 would need to be shut down for up to three hours. Those heading west on I-70 must exit at 18th Street Expressway or 38th Street.

KDOT also asked drivers to stay back and give the snowplow crews plenty of room on the roadway as they treat/plow the roadways. This will ensure safety for both the traveling public and our KDOT crews.

Drivers should use extra caution, allow plenty of driving time, and be sure to turn on their headlights, and turn off their cruise control as they travel about today, KDOT said.

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