TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Snowfall throughout northeast Kansas Tuesday night into Wednesday morning will slow down traffic and has caused closings, delays and cancellations of schools and businesses around the area.
Here is the Kansas Department of Transportation's latest condition forecast:
Northeast Kansas, including Topeka/Lawrence Metro Area
Today: Light snow before noon. Then Cold and Blustery. High 29. Winds N 15-35mph. Winds Chills 5-15.
Snow Totals - As of 8:30AM
Concordia, KS: 5.2"
Blue Rapids, KS: 4.8"
Holton, KS: 4.0"
Manhattan, KS: 4.0"
Junction City, KS: 4.0"
Beattie, KS: 4.0"
Oketo, KS: 4.0"
Marysville, KS: 4.0"
Clay Center, KS: 4.0"
Seneca, KS: 3.5"
Americus, KS: 3.1"
Minneapolis, KS: 3.0"
Westmoreland, KS: 3.0"
Miltonvale, KS: 3.0"
Hiawatha, KS: 3.0"
Auburn, KS: 2.0"
Herrington, KS: 2.0"
McFarland, KS: 2.0"
Delia, KS: 2.0"
Topeka, KS: 1.5"
Eskridge, KS: 1.5"
Valley Falls, KS: 1.4"
Lecompton, KS: 0.5"
Emporia, KS: Dusting
Driver Safety Tips
DRIVERS: if you must travel about to:
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 they get stranded, to stay with their vehicle 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 anytime.
For travel throughout the morning commutes, 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.
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.
Current Road Conditions
Snow will continue to fall throughout northeast Kansas during the early morning hours today. Blowing and gusting snow may cause visibility issues at times and falling temperatures may cause slick spots on roadways as well. KDOT snowplow crews have been out overnight and continue to plow and treat as needed. See the chart below for current roadway conditions for individual northeast Kansas counties.
For travel throughout the morning commutes, drivers should use caution, allow plenty of extra 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.
COUNTY/ METRO AREA CURRENT OVERALL CONDITIONS
KC Metro Area (Johnson/Leavenworth/Wyandotte) Wet/Slush
Topeka Metro Area (Shawnee) Wet/Slush
Atchison County Completely snowpacked
Brown County Completely snowpacked
Doniphan County Completely snowpacked
Douglas County Wet/Slush
Jackson County Partly to mostly snowpacked
Jefferson County Mostly snowpacked
Lyon County Wet/Slush to Completely snowpacked in areas
Marshall County Completely snowpacked
Nemaha County Completely snowpacked
Osage County Wet/Slush
Pottawatomie County Completely snowpacked
Riley County Completely snowpacked
Wabaunsee County Partly snowpacked
Current Road Closures for Northeast Kansas
There are no road closures to report for Northeast Kansas.
Updated Road Conditions (via phone or online 24/7)
Updated Kansas road conditions are at your fingertips. KanDrive is the new online travel info portal, www.KanDrive.org, that displays information from KDOT’s traveler information technology, including highway cameras, dynamic message signs, traffic management centers and 511 phone, online and mobile (http://511mm.ksdot.org). Snapshots from more than 30 closed-circuit cameras along I-70 between Topeka and Colorado and along other highways in the state, as well as camera views from the KC Scout system are available through the new online site, so users can see the roadway conditions.
Travelers can also obtain updated road conditions simply by calling 511 from any phone (landline or cellular), or by clicking on the following link: http//511.ksdot.org, drivers can obtain updated all of Kansas road conditions at anytime, day or night.
Additional weather-related information can be found online at http://www.ksdot.org/offTransInfo/511Info/511traffictravel.asp. This KDOT web site link includes informational brochures on 511 Winter Storm Survival, Managing Snow and Ice on Kansas Highways, and Safe Winter Driving Tips. Drivers…“If the weather is bad, remember with ICE AND SNOW, Take it Slow, or just don’t go.”
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