UPDATE: Road conditions improve as winter weather exits KVOE listening area

By Devon Swartz & Tagan Trahoon January 11, 2020 905
UPDATE: Road conditions improve as winter weather exits KVOE listening area Chuck Samples/KVOE News

After hanging around through the morning hours into early afternoon, light to moderate snowfall appears to be exiting for the time-being

Road conditions will only continue to improve from here on out according to the National Weather Service. Several major highways in the area ranged from seasonal driving conditions to completely covered through the majority of the day.

The Kansas Turnpike, US Highway 50 from the Lyon-Chase County line to the west are experiencing seasonal driving conditions. US Highway 56 from the Lyon-Osage county line to the west, Kansas Highway 99 South of US 56, Kansas Highway 30 are partially covered with snow.

Kansas Highway 170, US 56 from Emporia to the Chase County line and Interstate 35 remain completely covered at this time as Kansas Department of Transportation crews continue blading. City of Emporia and Lyon County crews have been out since 9:30 am checking roadways and treating as needed.

Current snow accumulations: 

*KVOE Studios - 2 inches
*Fall River Lake - 5 inches

Numerous schedule adjustments have been announced for the weekend.

Click HERE for a link to our Closings & Cancellations coverage.

The National Weather Service reports snowfall appears to be done for the remainder of the day, however, bitter temperatures and blustery conditions are expected to continue with a slight chance of snow in the forecast for Sunday. Windy conditions will continue to cause some concerns for motorists with the potential for blowing snow potentially impacting driving conditions.

If you have schedule adjustments or snow totals to report, call KVOE at 620-342-1400. You can also:

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*Message Twitter@kvoeam1400 or Facebook@kvoenews.

*Message Twitter@kvoeam1400 or Facebook@kvoenews.

*Message the Bluestem Farm and Ranch text line at 620-342-5863.

Make sure to stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates as the weather situation continues to unfold. Join KVOE on social media -- Facebook@kvoenews and Twitter@kvoeam1400 -- for instant weather, schedule adjustment, and travel information. Also, download KVOE's free mobile app to take our coverage wherever you may be. 

10:30 am Saturday: UPDATE: Accumulation continuing to grow on city streets and major highways

Moderate snowfall begins to build up on area roads, snowfall combined with blustery conditions could cause complications for motorists on major roadways.

Light flurries have been falling throughout the listening off and on since around 4:30 am. The light dusting has led to major roadways in Emporia being completely covered by 8 am Saturday. Arterials and side streets range from bare to completely covered.

Additional concerns are the blustery conditions throughout the area causing blowing snow which may impact visibility throughout the day.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Wolters:

A winter weather advisory has been issued for Lyon, Morris, Osage, and Wabaunsee counties last night that will remain in effect until 3:00 pm Saturday. Winter storm warnings continue for Coffey County until 3:00 pm Saturday and a separate warning effects Chase and Greenwood Counties until 3:00 pm Saturday.

Slick conditions may become a large factor affecting travel across the eastern portion of the state in the midst of this storm. Emporia City Street Supervisor Mike Dvorak says at this time, road conditions in Emporia are fine and crews are not out. Several highways are considered as under seasonal driving conditions, including the Kansas Turnpike, US Highway 50 from the Lyon-Chase county line to the west and US Highway 56 from the Lyon-Osage county line to the west. Kansas Highway 99 south of US-56 is partly covered, as are Kansas Highway 130, Kansas Highway 170, Kansas Highway 58 and US-56 from Emporia to the Chase County line. Interstate 35 is completely covered from K-130 east across Coffey County. Kansas Department of Transportation crews are currently blading the Interstate. US Highway 75 is completely covered from I-35 south to K-58. Area dispatch departments report no wrecks from overnight.

Numerous schedule adjustments have been announced for the weekend.

Click HERE for a link to our Closings & Cancellations coverage.

If you have schedule adjustments to report, whether they are closings, cancellations, postponements or delays, call KVOE at 620-342-1400. You can also:

*Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
*Message Twitter@kvoeam1400 or Facebook@kvoenews.
*Message the Bluestem Farm and Ranch text line at 620-342-5863.

The weather caused a major power outage in central Chase County on Friday. Over 700 customers in and around Cottonwood Falls and Strong City lost power for up to three hours before it was restored by late afternoon. Nearly 120 Evergy customers also lost power in northeast Coffey County early Saturday, but that outage was restored shortly after 6 am.

Freezing rain and thunderstorms were on the forefront Friday. Rain from the day brought 0.70 inches to KVOE Studios. Other totals:

*Emporia Municipal Airport: 0.24 inches
*Hamilton: 2.25 inches

Make sure to stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates as the weather situation continues to unfold. Join KVOE on social media -- Facebook@kvoenews and Twitter@kvoeam1400 -- for instant weather, schedule adjustment, and travel information. Also, download KVOE's free mobile app to take our coverage wherever you may be.

 

Photos & Video from Chuck Samples/ KVOE News

7:00 am UPDATE: Light snow through the lunch hour

Saturday morning has so far seen flurries of snowfall that has not amounted to anything substantial, but that may yet change as the day continues.

Freezing rain and thunderstorms were on the forefront Friday. Rain from the day brought 0.70 inches to KVOE Studios. Other totals:

*Emporia Municipal Airport: 0.24 inches
*Hamilton: 2.25 inches

A winter weather advisory has been issued for Lyon, Morris, Osage, and Wabaunsee counties last night that will remain in effect until 3:00 pm Saturday. Winter storm warnings continue for Coffey County until 3:00 pm Saturday and a separate warning effects Chase and Greenwood Counties until 3:00 pm Saturday. National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Wolters says snow accumulation will vary over the different counties in the KVOE listening area.

Slick conditions may become a large factor affecting travel across the eastern portion of the state in the midst of this storm. Emporia City Street Supervisor Mike Dvorak says at this time crews are out treating the city streets. Highway conditions range fr5om seasonal to completely covered. The Kansas Turnpike is listed as under seasonal conditions.

Highway 50 from the Lyon-Chase County line to the west and US Highway 56 is partially covered. Kansas Highway 99 south of US-56 is partially covered, as is Kansas Highway 130 and US-56 from Emporia to the Chase County line. Interstate 35 is completely covered from K-130 east across Coffey County. Kansas Department of Transportation crews are currently blading the Interstate.

Kansas Highway 58, Kansas Highway 170, and US Highway 75 are also completely covered from I-35 south to K-58. Area dispatch departments report no wrecks overnight.

Numerous schedule adjustments have been announced for the weekend.

Click HERE for a link to our Closings & Cancellations coverage.

If you have schedule adjustments to report, whether they are closings, cancellations, postponements or delays, call KVOE at 620-342-1400. You can also:

*Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
*Message Twitter@kvoeam1400 or Facebook@kvoenews.
*Message the Bluestem Farm and Ranch text line at 620-342-5863.

The weather caused a major power outage in central Chase County on Friday. Over 700 customers in and around Cottonwood Falls and Strong City lost power for up to three hours before it was restored by late afternoon. Nearly 120 Evergy customers also lost power in northeast Coffey County early Saturday, but that outage was restored shortly after 6 am.

Make sure to stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates as the weather situation continues to unfold. Join KVOE on social media -- Facebook@kvoenews and Twitter@kvoeam1400 -- for instant weather, schedule adjustment, and travel information. Also, download KVOE's free mobile app to take our coverage wherever you may be.

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