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Travel nearing normal speeds areawide after Thursday storm

Travel continues to improve on major streets, county roads and highways after freezing conditions made driving slick across most of Kansas on Thursday.
 
Emporia Police officers say there is patchy ice for the more heavily-traveled roads both in and out of town. Slick spots are more widespread in residential areas, but even those are improving with sunlight helping the melting process Friday morning.
 
The number of schedule adjustments has decreased dramatically since Thursday. Click here for the KVOE.com Closings and Cancellations list.
 
Driving conditions could improve Saturday as sunshine returns, although we could see some light snowfall Saturday night into Sunday and again Sunday night into Monday with some sleet also possible. We'll keep you updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media whenever weather issues arise.
 
10 am Friday: Travel improving, but slick spots remain after Thursday storm
 
There are slick spots on highways and major city streets, as well as bridges, overpasses and intersections. However, Friday travel is setting up to be much smoother than it was Thursday.
 
Half an inch of rainfall overnight led to widespread icing after 6 am as the rain switched over to sleet and temperatures dove from the mid-40s to below freezing. Areas to our north received minor snow accumulations on top of the ice.
 
TV-13 meteorologist Peyton Sanders says travel should be close to normal on the major streets.
 
 
 
 
Undersheriff John Koelsch reminded pedestrians to be safe along with drivers. Sidewalks and parking lots may still be slick.
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday had a lot of schedule adjustments, and two called in yesterday have reset events for Friday. Click here for the latest KVOE.com Closings and Cancellations page.
 
 
3-7 pm Thursday: Emporian hurt in ice-related crash; refreezing possible Thursday evening
 
Icy conditions are still noticeable across the KVOE listening area following light rain early Thursday morning and a near-flash-freeze before sunrise.
 
One injury crash was reported in Lyon County shortly after 1 pm. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 24-year-old William Rainsbarger of Emporia was northbound on Kansas Highway 99 and lost control in the 1400 block of the highway. Lyon County Deputy Steve Dall says Rainsbarger reported hitting a patch of ice and veering off the highway. His car then went into a ditch and rolled at least once before stopping in a grove of trees. Rainsbarger was taken to Newman Regional Health for observation and treatment afterward.
 
On KVOE's 8:05 am newscast Thursday, Undersheriff John Koelsch said icing was widespread. He told drivers to be smart behind the wheel. That advice is relevant through the early evening hours with refreezing possible in certain spots. Lyon County Highway Department Assistant Road Supervisor Jeremiah Corpening says refreezing of the roads is quite possible.
 
 
 
Roughly half an inch of rain fell overnight, but temperatures dropped from around 46 degrees at 5 am to below freezing shortly after 6 am. Rain then changed to sleet and freezing rain -- and wet conditions rapidly froze on streets, roads, sidewalks and parking lots.
 
Numerous schools closed for the day but will reopen Friday. Several businesses and community or government agencies closed Thursday as well but should be open Friday. A number of activities were either canceled or postponed. Click here for the KVOE.com Closings and Cancellations list.
 
Stay updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media.
 
10 am-1 pm Thursday: Drivers told to be cautious with icy travel conditions still widespread
 
After a spring-like feel to start the week, winter has definitely returned.
 
Icy travel conditions developed rapidly across the KVOE listening area after 6 am once temperatures dropped from th mid-40s to below freezing. Icy conditions are expected all day, and once light rain and freezing drizzle changes to snow, we could see reduced visibility -- thanks to wind gusts as high as 45 mph.
 
On KVOE's 8:05 am newscast Thursday, Undersheriff John Koelsch said icing was widespread. He told drivers to be smart behind the wheel.
 
 
 
Drivers are also encouraged to put the cell phones away while driving and also to fully clear their windshields before getting in their vehicles. In addition, drivers are told to have their winter kits already in their vehicles.
 
Road crews in Lyon County are treating as needed. Lyon County Highway Department Safety Supervisor Matt Collins says crews have been out since before sunrise.
 
 
 
City crews, meanwhile, have completed all of their main routes including schools, hilly areas and arterials. City Streets Supervisor Mike Dvorak says they will be checking all day for additional salting at traffic lights and four way stops wherever needed. KDOT crews have been out as well.
 
Slick roads seen Thursday morning near West Hwy 50 and Graphic Arts Road. Photo by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News.
 
Besides drivers, walkers also need to pay attention because sidewalks and parking lots may not be treated -- and might be very slick into Thursday night.
 
Stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates. Click here for the latest areawide closings and cancellations.
 
9-10 am Thursday: Icy travel now commonplace across KVOE listening area
 
A wintry mess is now snarling travel across the KVOE listening area Thursday.
 
Half an inch of rainfall overnight led to widespread icing after 6 am as the rain switched over to sleet and temperatures dove from the mid-40s to below freezing. Icing will be an issue all day, and winds as high as 45 mph will cause reduced visibility here. Folks in Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties may see near-blizzard conditions due to the combination of heavier snow amounts and high winds.
 
Road crews in Lyon County are treating as needed. City crews, meanwhile, will concentrate on major arterials, school zones, the neighborhood near Newman Regional Health and bridges or overpasses. KDOT crews have been out as well.
 
So far, there have been no injury crashes across the area. Two separate crashes were reported on the Kansas Turnpike, one around 2:30 am at the Emporia tollgate and one 22 miles southwest of Emporia around 6:30 am. Both involved semis sliding off the highway.
 
5-8 am Thursday: Area schools delay, cancel school in advance of expected icy conditions 
 
Winter is returning in almost full force Thursday after a three-day stretch of much milder weather.
 
A potent winter storm should bring us ice and light snow, with a thin glaze of icing setting up Thursday morning before changing over to snowfall later. Here's TV-13 meteorologist Peyton Sanders:
 
 
 
 
Most of the KVOE listening area, including Lyon County, is now in a winter weather advisory until noon. Morris and Wabaunsee counties have been upgraded to a winter storm warning, which also goes until noon Thursday.
 
In Lyon County, we could see up to a tenth of an inch of ice followed by around an inch of snow. Icing will be an issue all day, and winds as high as 45 mph will cause reduced visibility here. Folks in Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties may see near-blizzard conditions due to the combination of heavier snow amounts and high winds. Sanders says you should travel smart, if you have to go out at all.
 
 
 
 
USD 253 Emporia has announced it is holding classes as scheduled, and USD 252 Southern Lyon County, USD 284 Chase County and USD 386 Madison-Virgil have not announced their plans to KVOE. Many other area school districts have already either delayed school or canceled altogether for today. Click here for the updated list.
 
Sleet has been reported at several locations, including Emporia, Americus and Strong City. Road crews in Lyon County are now out treating as needed with icy conditions reported north of Americus. Emporia city crews, meanwhile, will concentrate on major arterials, school zones, the neighborhood near Newman Regional Health and bridges or overpasses.
 
Crash reports are increasing. Early Thursday morning, a northbound semi couldn't negotiate the onramp to the Kansas Turnpike's Emporia tollgate and slid off around 2:30 am. The crash blocked traffic for about an hour. No injuries were reported. Separately, a semi slid off the Turnpike near mile marker 105 southbound, 22 miles southwest of Emporia, around 6:30 am. No injuries have been reported. Southbound traffic is being allowed by the crash site, although the trailer is partially blocking the outside lane as of 7:30 am. The Turnpike Authority has issued an ice warning for the highway from near Wichita all the way past Topeka until 11 am. Crews are treating as we speak.
 
 
We'l keep you updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media. If we do get schedule adjustments, make sure to stay with KVOE, check KVOE.com's Closings and Cancellations page and get instant updates through our Facebook and Twitter accounts. If you have a closing, cancellation, postponement or delay to report, call KVOE at 342-1400, email [email protected] .com or use the Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply text line at 620-342-5863.
 
 
4:30 am Thursday: Semi slides off Emporia Turnpike ramp; widespread winter weather expected later today
 
Traffic is back to normal at the Kansas Turnpike's Emporia tollgate after a semi slid partially off the ramp early Thursday.
 
The semi and attached box trailer apparently wrecked around 2:30 am. It took close to an hour to get the semi off the ramp and restart traffic.
 
No injuries were reported.
 
Conditions are supposed to deteriorate rapidly Thursday morning as a cold front turns light rain into freezing rain and then light snow. Travel could be hazardous all day, with icy driving conditions likely Thursday morning following by blowing and drifting snowfall Thursday afternoon. Numerous area school districts have already made schedule adjustments. Click here for the full update.
 
Stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates during this winter storm. 
 
9 pm Wednesday: Lyon, most surrounding counties under winter weather advisories
 
Most of the KVOE listening area is now in winter weather advisories for Thursday.
 
Lyon and all surrounding counties -- except Greenwood -- are involved:
 
*Lyon and Osage counties are in an advisory from 6 am to noon for a wintry mix of precipitation.
*Chase County is in an advisory from midnight to noon for a wintry mix of precipitation.
*Coffey County is in an advisory from 8 am to noon for a wintry mix.
*Morris and Wabaunsee counties are in an advisory from 3 am to noon for snow and blowing snow.
 
TV-13 Meteorologist Jeremy Goodwin explains the timing and the hazards with this system.
 
 
 
Travel could well be hazardous across the KVOE listening area and most of Kansas Thursday after rainfall Wednesday night freezes overnight. Light snow and blustery north winds will add to the travel issues for much of the morning.
 
City and county road crews are gearing up for whatever might come especially overnight. City Street Supervisor Mike Dvorak says there is an ample supply of melting materials. He says crews will concentrate on major arterials, school zones and elevated surfaces if we see some icing Thursday. Assistant County Engineer Jim Brull says crews are poised to head out early if needed.
 
 
 
 
 
We'l keep you updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media. If we do get schedule adjustments Thursday, make sure to stay with KVOE, check KVOE.com's Closings and Cancellations page and get instant updates through our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
 
 
4:30 am Wednesday: Icy conditions possible Thursday with incoming winter storm
 
A winter storm won't give us much in the way of precipitation, but it might give us some travel headaches Thursday.
 
TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers says there could be widespread slick spots, and there could also be some schedule adjustments Thursday morning as a result.
 
 
 
 
 
Following three days of temperatures in the 50s, Meyers says we may be cold for a while. Temperatures on Thursday will fall from the upper 20s to the mid-20s by day's end and continue down to 10 above with breezy conditions overnight.
 
Meanwhile, the fire danger will be elevated Wednesday with longstanding dry conditions, temperatures approaching 60 and southerly winds approaching 30 mph at times. Outdoor burning is discouraged.
 
We'l keep you updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media. If we do get schedule adjustments Thursday, make sure to stay with KVOE, check KVOE.com's Closings and Cancellations page and to get instant updates through our Facebook and Twitter accounts.