KDOT prepares for rain/snow mix

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The winter weather that is coming through northeast Kansas, could cause some hazardous road conditions.

The Kansas Department of Education spent the earlier parts of today pre-treating bridges and overpasses. They are focusing on those structures and trying to make sure they don't get icy and slippery during peoples commute to and from work.

They will also continue to monitor the forecast overnight. They expect the precipitation to start off as light rain and eventually transition into snow around the time people will be heading home from work.

Laurie Arellano with KDOT said the combination of rain and snow can make it a little more difficult when trying to prevent refreezing the following night.

"What we have to do is let that rain move through and in that transition period between the rain and snow,” Arellano said. “That's our window to get that pre-treatment down before we get snow on the roads so that we can prevent the ice.”

Arellano said they don’t expect snow to accumulate too much but will send out plows when and if they need them.

KDOT also wants to remind drivers to plan ahead and increase the distances between yourself and the car in front of you.

Also, make sure to give trucks that are cleaning the streets enough room to work so they can work more efficiently.