How Snow Could Impact School Year In Manhattan/Geary Co.

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The onslaught of winter weather has kept road crews across the area on their toes.

In Junction City Monday, workers mixed sand and salt to put down on the roads during the expected snowstorm. They didn't get a break due to last week’s snowfall and worked through the weekend as they continue to deal with some of the problems this weather has created.

Snow has been thawing and re-freezing and several more inches are expected this time around.

"Generally during the daylight hours when the sun is out, it’s able to help assist us as far as heating up that pavement. We’re better able to peel that snow off of the pavement. Whereas when the sun sets and the temperatures start to cool down, it’s a little more difficult for the plows to be able to peel that material up and it’s essentially like moving large rocks," said Greg McCaffery, Municipal Services Director.

For those reasons, crews could not work around the clock clearing streets but McCaffery said Junction City was in "good shape" Monday afternoon. Workers were "dressing up" different areas in town, removing lingering snow and ice chunks.

Meanwhile, folks headed out to the store before the storm hit. WIBW spotted shoppers at the Manhattan Hy-Vee stocking up on the things they needed.

While some see this weather as a major nuisance, others remain unfazed by it- simply attributing it up to Kansas winter.

"It doesn’t bother me. As long as you drive slow and don’t be reckless, you’ll be fine," said Howard Barger, a resident of Alta Vista.

Riley County police ask drivers to decrease their speed and increase their following distance.

"I know that we didn’t have an exorbitant number of accidents reported the last snowfall and I hope we can say the same after this. I would have to attribute that to people staying off the roads and driving safely," said Officer Matthew Droge, RCPD's Public Information Officer.

As for school, officials in the Manhattan/Ogden and Geary County school districts say another snow day will probably have an effect on the calendar to make up for the lost time but no decisions have been made.

USD 383 Manhattan/Ogden has built in three weather days and those three weather days for this school year have been used. Officials have identified two days that can be used for inclement weather-- Saturday, May 18 and Friday, May 24. Students are scheduled to be released at noon on Thursday, May 23 but if necessary, they would be kept an extra day if we needed a day.

USD 475 (Geary County and Fort Riley) officials said they could look at possible extending the day by a few minutes or look at pushing back the last day of school. However, no decisions have been made and they don't usually announce any changes to the calendar (like adding time or extending the year) until after at least spring break is over and they are more certain that winter weather has passed.


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