Archive for Friday, December 13, 2013

Winter weather advisory issued; slick conditions reported on area highways

December 13, 2013

Freezing rain is posing a challenge for some commuters this morning.

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a winter weather advisory for freezing rain for Douglas County until 9 a.m.

According to the weather service, periods of freezing rain will make for slick conditions on roadways before temperatures rise above freezing mid-morning.

Although accumulations are expected to be nil, slick conditions are greeting rush hour motorists.

By 7:30 a.m. Douglas County dispatchers reported multiple non-injury accidents, particularly along Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora and U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence. Dispatchers confirmed reports of slick roadways.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority issued an alert for Interstate 70 from mile marker 212 to the Missouri state line, where the road is becoming slick from rain. The KTA urged caution and said that crews were out treating roads.

Despite previous forecasts of three to six inches of snow by Saturday morning, the National Weather Service has revised its forecasts downward. The Douglas County area is now expected to receive between one and two inches of snow. The latest estimates predict mostly rain this afternoon with snowfall beginning around sunset and tapering off by sunrise.

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