UPDATE: Slick conditions lead to host of crashes

heavy, wet snowfall caused a range of travel issues across the KVOE listening area Wednesday morning.

A USD 259 Wichita school bus crashed on the Kansas Turnpike near the Flint Hills cattle pens exit, about 15 miles southwest of Emporia, around 9:40 am. Wichita media outlets say the bus was taking students from Park Elementary School to Topeka for a field trip and had almost 40 people on board. Seventeen were hurt afterward. Details are still pending through the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Fender-benders and slide-off crashes were widespread across the KVOE listening area, with the Lyon County Sheriff's Office reporting it couldn't immediately get to all the crashes that developed in the 8 o'clock hour.

All the issues developed after snow started falling around 5 am. Totals varied from light to moderate across eastern Kansas but were generally light across Lyon and surrounding counties:

*KVOE studios: 2.75 inches
*Burlington: 2 inches
*Eureka: 1 inch
*Lake Kahola: 2.5 inches
*LeRoy: 1 inch

Road crews did their best to treat streets in Emporia, also blading bridges and overpasses. County crews have also been busy treating roads through the day.

A sharp cold front blasts the area by evening, meaning more slick conditions are possible after sunset even after the wintry mix ends Wednesday evening. 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 remain in effect for 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.. Click here for KVOE News' prior coverage from Wednesday morning.

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