Archive for Wednesday, February 2, 2011

6 a.m. road update: KDOT continues to urge drivers to stay off roads

February 2, 2011

The Kansas Department of Transportation is reporting road conditions across Northeast Kansas range from drifting to mostly to completely snowpacked throughout the region.

In the Kansas City metro area, which includes Johnson, Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties, KDOT said most highways were completely snowpacked. Highways in Douglas County were said to have drifting with snowpack and some icy patches.

“We strongly encourage drivers to stay home, stay warm, stay safe today if at all possible,” Kim Qualls, KDOT public information officer said in an e-mail at 6 a.m. today. “If drivers must travel today, they should allow extra time all day for their commutes, drive for the conditions on the roadways they are traveling on and use caution as roadways may be slick due to the snowpacked conditions. Also, we want to remind drivers not to plow through drifts as their chances of becoming stuck are very likely.”

KDOT said road conditions improved slightly overnight as the winds did blow some of the snow off area roadways, so pavement is visible. However blowing and drifting snow will continue to be an issue over the morning hours. Although crews made great strides in plowing snow off the roadways overnight, KDOT said, roads are still primarily snowpacked.

KDOT reminds drivers to use caution at the ramp areas as the snow is easily tending to drift back over the on- and off-ramps. Crews will continue to plow through the morning hours. Around 9-10 a.m. today, once the sun is out, crews will then evaluate whether to apply treatment (salt or salt/sand mix) to expedite melting on the roadways. Most salt is ineffective at temperatures below 15 degrees.

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