UPDATE: 17 hurt in school bus crash on Turnpike southwest of Emporia

UPDATE: 17 hurt in school bus crash on Turnpike southwest of Emporia National Weather Service graphic

Travel has been slick across the entire KVOE listening area Wednesday morning.


In Chase County, a school bus crashed on the Kansas Turnpike at mile marker 112.6 northbound near the Flint Hills cattle pens exit around 9:40 am. Emporia Fire confirms 17 on board have injuries, although the severity has not been announced and it's not immediately clear how many of the injured are students or staff. It's also unclear at this time exactly how many will be taken to hospitals for medical care. The Turnpike Authority has not confirmed the district involved, although USD 253 Emporia Community Relations says the bus does not belong to the district.

Numerous non-injury slide-off crashes were reported in Lyon County, and it got to the point where deputies couldn't immediately respond to all the wrecks. There were also several fender-benders in Emporia. Aside from the wreck on the Kansas Turnpike in Chase County, neighboring counties report a handful of slide-offs.

The latest projections now indicate up to 4 inches of a heavy, wet snow are possible across the area. Snow totals so far:

*KVOE studios: 2 inches
*Lake Kahola: 2.5 inches
*LeRoy: 1 inch

City crews have salted the major arterials and residential collector streets. Public Works Director Dean Grant says those streets may get bladed if they get completely covered.

TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers expects more slick travel conditions through the afternoon.

In fact, slick travel conditions are possible through much of the morning. Temperatures will climb to the mid-30s before a sharp cold front blasts the area by evening, meaning more slick conditions are possible after sunset even after the wintry mix ends. Overnight temperatures will drop to around 8, and wind gusts as high as 40 mph will push wind chills down close to -10.

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Winter weather advisories now impact Lyon and all surrounding counties until 12 am Thursday.

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5-10 am Wednesday: Fender-benders, slide-offs piling up across area; city crews salting major streets

Drivers may need to slow down through the day Wednesday with light snow and rain expected. Anybody heading outside after sunset will have to bundle up.

TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers says up to 2 inches of snowfall should be widespread, and there could be isolated 3-inch amounts. Most of the accumulations should be on grassy surfaces with temperatures staying above freezing for most of the day. He expects potential travel hazards through the morning and again by evening.

There have been several fender-bender crashes in Emporia, and the Lyon County Sheriff's Office has reported numerous noninjury slide-off crashes across the county -- to the point where it can't immediately respond to all of them. City crews have salted the major arterials and residential collector streets. Public Works Director Dean Grant says those streets may get bladed if they get completely covered.

Snow and rain chances end Wednesday evening as a strong cold front comes across the area. Overnight temperatures will drop to around 8, and wind gusts as high as 40 mph will push wind chills down close to -10. The drop in temperatures may mean freezing travel conditions, so Meyers says you need to be careful after the wintry mix ends.

Winter weather advisories now impact Lyon and all surrounding counties until 12 am Thursday.

Stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates. Join KVOE’s social media accounts on Facebook@kvoenews and Twitter@kvoeam1400 for weather, travel and schedule adjustment information if you’re not already connected. If you need to report a schedule adjustment, call Kvoe at 620-342-1400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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