JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Travel was treacherous in Junction City Thursday during the big winter event in Kansas. Only a few drivers braved the roads as crews worked to clear a thick blanket of snow.
Families hunkered down for the big winter storm. Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf said most citizens heeded warnings to stay off the roads and those that were out were driving very cautiously.
Junction City firefighter Jeremy McCallum worked to stay on top of the snowfall, constantly shoveling to keep his driveway clear. He’s back on duty Friday at his fire station.
"It wasn’t too bad when we woke up but then it just kept getting worse. This is about our third time shoveling, just trying to keep ahead of the big stuff that’s coming," he said.
Before noon, there were already about six inches of snow in the Manhattan area and it continued on and off throughout the entire area into the evening. The WIBW Weather Team predicted that some spots could see up to 18 inches of snow.
With schools and a number of businesses closed across the region, many took to their social media accounts to chronicle their experience, showing barren shelves at the grocery store and fun in the snow. One Twitter picture showed 10 inches of snow on the ground in Manhattan Thursday afternoon.
A Riley County Police Department spokesman advised: As always with winter weather, we suggest staying off the roads if possible. If one must travel, greatly reduce speed and increase the following distance between vehicles. Dress warm and make sure mobile phones are charged and if you have elderly neighbors, or neighbors without adequate heating make sure to check on them."
Kansas Highway Patrol officials in the Manhattan and Junction City area say they’re concerned about Friday’s morning commute. Troopers encourage drivers, even those in 4-wheel drive, to cut their speed and be aware of ever-changing road conditions on icy and snow packed roads