From the Kansas Department of Transportation:
Monday night winter storm update:
Tonight: Snow with areas of blowing snow. Low around 28. Blustery, with a north northeast wind 17 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Tuesday: Snow with areas of blowing snow before noon, then snow likely after noon. High near 32. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Tuesday night: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 27. Northwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Current Northeast Kansas KDOT update
KDOT northeast Kansas nighttime snowplow crews continue to monitor conditions throughout the region. Some northeast Kansas counties have seen snowfall already, though the pavement temperatures are still warm (above freezing) so the snow simply continues to melt (for now). Road conditions are now changing as snow is starting to fall again, with blowing and gusting winds in the southern edge counties in northeast Kansas.
As the night moves forward and more snow finally moves in throughout northeast Kansas, the roads may become slick in spots due to the snowy conditions. It is possible that low to no visibility may become an issue at times for drivers as the forecast calls for blowing and gusting snow, which can result in drifting on the roadways.
If you don’t have to travel tonight/tomorrow, KDOT recommends that you stay home, stay safe. If you must travel tonight/overnight/tomorrow, be sure to take it slow, allow plenty of extra time, stay a safe distance from other vehicles and drive for the existing roadway conditions. And as always, put your cell away and buckle up.
Before you head out for your daytime commutes tomorrow, be sure to check updated Kansas roadway conditions at www.kandrive.org or call 5-1-1 (from any cell or landline). You can also see live camera views of the current Kansas highway conditions all across the state.
Road conditions at 10 p.m. Monday:
KC metro area (Johnson/Leavenworth/Wyandotte counties)
Driver safety tips
Drivers as you travel about tonight:
· Take it slow.
· Allow plenty of extra drive time.
· Watch for icy/slick spots on the roadway; don’t assume that if the pavement looks clear, that it is.
· Buckle up every passenger, every time.
· If you get stranded, stay in your vehicle, keep your seat belt on and call *47 on a state highway/interstate route (any highway that begins with I-, K-, and US-), *KTA on the Kansas Turnpike, or #911 at any time.
For travel today, drivers should use caution, turn on your headlights, and turn off your cruise control. Drivers should also provide for a safe distance or cushion between themselves and vehicles ahead of them.
Reminder: Please clear snow off hood and roof of your vehicle before driving. Snow flying off your vehicle is a serious danger and distraction to others.
We also want to 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.