Snow, slick conditions expected tonight and tomorrow
Winter weather is expected tonight as temperatures dip to the low 30s. The National Weather Service predicts today’s rain will turn to snow and sleet, and then freezing drizzle between midnight and 3 a.m.
Tomorrow is expected to bring more rain, snow and sleet, with the precipitation turning to snow by noon. The area could see a possible one to three inches of snow, with temperatures in the low- to mid-30s.
De Soto Streets Superintendent Ron Creason says the city's snow equipment is geared up and ready for any winter weather that comes.
"We're monitoring the reports but we're not too alarmed by anything right now," Creason said. "We did all our maintenance on our winter equipment in late fall and it's all ready to go."
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for western Kansas, from Hays down through Dodge City and west to the Colorado border. The warning begins this afternoon and runs through about noon tomorrow.
The Kansas Department of Transportation and state emergency management staffs were monitoring the storm and preparing to clear roads, as necessary. No shelters had been established as of this morning.
The weather service says the system is expected to move into Kansas today, with snow tapering off tomorrow afternoon.
Snowfall amounts are expected to range from about 10 to 12 inches in the Dodge City area to eight inches near Salina and three inches near Kansas City.
"We are preparing," said Kansas Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Swartz. "We've had a few storms in the northwest, but we are fully stocked with sand and salt in all our regions. We're in good shape."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.