KDOT: Most roads throughout region snowpacked, icy

The Kansas Department of Transportation is reporting as of 8 a.m. today that roads and highways are partly to completely snowpacked and icy in Johnson, Leavenworth, Shawnee and Wyandotte counties and completely snowpacked and icy in Douglas County. Nearly 7 inches of snow was reported in the storm that began Wednesday afternoon and continued overnight. Light snow continued near dawn in much of the area, but winter storm warnings issued ahead of the storm have expired.

KDOT offers these driving tips for inclement winter weather:

  1. Take it slow.
  2. Allow plenty of extra drive time.
  3. Watch for icy/slick spots on the roadway; don’t assume that if the pavement looks clear, that it is.
  4. Buckle up every passenger, every time.
  5. If stranded, stay in your vehicle and call *47 on a state highway/interstate route (any highway that begins with I-, K-, and U.S.-), KTA on the Kansas Turnpike, or 911 at anytime.

For travel during winter storms, drivers should use caution, allow plenty of driving time, buckle up (every passenger, every time) and be sure to turn on their headlights, and turn off their cruise control. Drivers should also provide for a safe distance or cushion between themselves and vehicles ahead of them.

KDOT also remind drivers to stay a safe distance back from KDOT snow plows, and if drivers should pass the snow plows, to be extra careful and allow plenty of room as the trucks do travel slower than surrounding traffic.

See updated camera views of Kansas highways here.

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