Archive for Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Icy sheen hitting metro area

December 15, 2010

The National Weather Service and Kansas Department of Transportation officials say roads throughout the area are becoming treacherous as a slow-moving band of freezing drizzle makes its way across northeast Kansas.

KDOT said highways, including mainline lanes, ramp areas, bridges and overpasses, are now slick due to the freezing drizzle throughout many NE Kansas counties. As temperatures drop overnight, drivers will need to watch for refreezing and/or icy spots on the roadways. KDOT crews are out treating all roadways as needed and will continue so throughout the overnight hours.

KDOT issued a reminder that for travel during winter storms, 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. 

The National Weather Service said shallow moisture was spreading north across the outlook area this evening ahead of an area of low pressure. Light, freezing drizzle was developing in the Kansas City metro area south to Paola and Harrisonville with the precipitation to move north and east into the remainder of the outlook area early tonight.

While only a thin glaze of ice accumulation is expected, ground and pavement temperatures will be below or near freezing and any freezing drizzle could make road travel dangerous, especially on bridges and overpasses. The freezing drizzle is expected to end over extreme eastern Kansas and extreme western Missouri by 10 p.m. This includes Douglas, Leavenworth, Johnson and Wyandotte counties, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

For updated information, KanDrive is the state's new online travel information portal that displays information from KDOT’s traveler information technology, including highway cameras, message signs, traffic management centers and 511 phone, online and mobile. 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.

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