UPDATE: After crash-filled Wednesday, cold and icy Wednesday night possible

Seventeen children on this USD 259 Wichita bus were taken to Newman Regional Health after it crashed on the Kansas Turnpike 15 miles southwest of Emporia on Wednesday. Seventeen children on this USD 259 Wichita bus were taken to Newman Regional Health after it crashed on the Kansas Turnpike 15 miles southwest of Emporia on Wednesday. Lyon County Sheriff's Office photo

Bitterly cold air is expected for Lyon and surrounding counties late Wednesday night and early Thursday.

After temperatures climbed to the mid-30s Wednesday afternoon, a powerful cold front will shove air temperatures down to the mid-single digits overnight. With northerly winds as high as 40 mph, wind chills could get down to -12 in Emporia and may dip lower in outlying areas.

The visibility impact from the combination of a heavy, wet snow and the high winds is yet to be determined. There are concerns of a flash freeze leading to a rapid changeover from slushy to icy driving conditions, causing more travel headaches after an extremely busy day for area law enforcement officers and emergency crews. 

Numerous schedule adjustments have been announced for Thursday, notably when it comes to area school districts. Click here for the latest list.

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4:30 pm Wednesday: 17 Wichita students taken to NRH after bus crash, uninjured to Emporia High; more slick travel issues possible through Wednesday night

A school bus crash southwest of Emporia highlighted the slick travel conditions that developed Wednesday morning and remained for the rest of the day.

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. Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. John Lehnherr explains what happened:

Audio from KWCH in Wichita.

The bus was taking students from Park Elementary School to Topeka for a field trip. Seventeen on board, all students, were taken to Newman Regional Health for observation and treatment. Injuries are not considered severe or life-threatening.

Emporia Fire says those on the bus that escaped injury were taken to Emporia High School as a gathering point. Units from the Highway Patrol, Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Emporia Fire, Butler County Fire & EMS and CrossWinds Counseling and Wellness were among the response team.

Fender-benders and slide-off crashes were widespread across the KVOE listening area, with the Lyon County Sheriff's Office reporting to nearly 30 reports of wrecks between 7 am and noon.


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: 3 inches
*Emporia: 3.3 inches
*Bazaar: 2 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.

Click here for the latest schedule adjustments.

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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