Archive for Friday, February 25, 2011

After another snowfall, KDOT asks commuters to take their time

February 25, 2011

Commuters in the region are being urged to take their time on their morning drive in the wake of a late-February storm that brought snow, sleet and freezing rain to the region.

The Kansas Department of Transportation, in a 5 a.m. report today, said road conditions in most northeast Kansas counties are snowpacked.

“The majority of northeast Kansas counties received anywhere from 4-9 inches of snow, so roadways in these areas will take a bit more work today to free of all sleet/snow and return to more visible pavement/normal seasonal conditions,” said Kimberly Qualls, KDOT spokeswoman.

“During the morning commutes throughout all of northeast Kansas, drivers need to allow extra time as highways, including ramp areas, bridges and overpasses, could be slick, and motorists should drive with caution and use speeds appropriate for the driving conditions,” she said.

KDOT said roads and highways in the Kansas City metro area (Johnson, Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties) are slushy to partly snowpacked and icy. In Douglas County, KDOT said roads were completely snowpacked and icy.

Friday’s forecast calls for cloudy skies with a high near 28. There is a slight chance of freezing drizzle Friday night and into Saturday morning.

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