Last Updated on January 16th, 2018
January 16th, 2018
Written by Brandon Peoples
Extremely cold air and sharp wind chills have prompted a host of closings and cancellations Tuesday.
As expected, wind chills have been -20 or lower overnight. Several activities were canceled or postponed and several buildings announced closures Tuesday morning. The cold also prompted all area school districts, Emporia State and Flint Hills Technical College to close for the day. In addition, Click here for the most updated list.
After extended work by city, county and KDOT road crews Monday, drivers can expect seasonal road conditions Tuesday morning. There will be slick spots on major arterials and collector streets in Emporia as well as highways across the area. Intersections, elevated surfaces like bridges or overpasses, residential streets and parking lots could all be slick through the day.
Conditions should improve slowly with high temperatures near 12 above Tuesday. Highs will be close to 30 degrees Wednesday.
8:30 pm Monday: Emporia, other districts closed along with ESU, FHTC
Projected wind chills approaching -20 have prompted most area school districts to adjust their schedules for Tuesday morning or to cancel school outright. Higher education in Emporia, meanwhile, is taking Tuesday off.
USD 253 Emporia is among a host of area districts that made the decision to cancel school. Also on the list are: USD 243 Lebo-Waverly, USD 245 Southern Coffey County, USD 284 Chase County, USD 389 Eureka, USD 420 Osage City, USD 434 Santa Fe Trail and USD 456 Marais des Cygnes Valley. Emporia Christian School is also closed.
In addition, all Emporia State buildings and operations are closed Tuesday due to the extreme cold. The Spring General Assembly originally set for 2 pm has been postponed indefinitely. Classes are not affected because they are set to resume Wednesday.
Flint Hills Technical College has also closed due to the expected weather conditions. Unlike ESU, classes have been underway since last week at FHTC..
Operating on a 1-hour delay is USD 251 North Lyon County. Running on 2-hour delays are: USD 252 Southern Lyon County, USD 386 Madison-Virgil, USD 390 Hamilton and USD 417 Morris County.
3 pm Monday: Forecast calls for brutal cold, potential travel refreeze
Numbing cold weather is upon us for the short term.
An Arctic air mass is powering through the Central and Southern Plains, sending overnight lows below zero and wind chills down close to -20.
Conditions were extremely slick Monday morning as wet and snowy conditions froze before sunrise. There were two main periods of crashes, one between 5:30 and 7 am, where there were close to 10 noninjury slideoff wrecks on Interstate 35 between Emporia and southern Osage County -- and another between 9 and 10 am, where a semi slid off the road at the Interstate 35-Merchant Street exit and a vehicle slid off a connector road linking the Kansas Turnpike and Interstate 35. Both were initially reported as injury crashes, but those involved declined hospital trips afterward.
Slick conditions early Monday have given way to largely wet driving by mid-afternoon, but Emporia Police have enacted emergency accident reporting procedures. Lt. Kevin Risley explains:
Emergency accident procedures will be in place until at least 6 am Tuesday. City and county crews may have to remain out retreating trouble spots, but their effectiveness in melting snow and ice will diminish as temperatures sink below zero.
A wind chill advisory is up areawide from 6 pm Monday to noon Tuesday. Besides humans, pets also need care. Here's Judy Dieker, Humane Society of the Flint Hills Director:
The good news is this bitter cold will be gone by Wednesday, and by Friday temperatures could reach 50 degrees. We'll keep you updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media.
10:30 am Monday: Injury crashes on major highways snarl traffic around Emporia
Slick travels are once again making for touch-and-go driving across Lyon and surrounding counties Monday.
Lyon County authorities were extremely busy between 5:30 and 6 am, working as many as seven separate slideoff crashes on Interstate 35 between Emporia and the Coffey County line. No injuries have been reported with any of the wrecks before sunrise, but travel is slow on the highway.
Unfortunately, authorities had another busy period after 9 am. A semi slid off Interstate 35 at Merchant around 9:10 am, while a vehicle crashed at the Kansas Turnpike's Emporia tollgate a few minutes alter. Details are pending in both cases.
Police Lt. Kevin Risley says emergency accident reporting procedures are now in place, meaning officers will report to crashes involving injuries or road blockage. In all other cases, drivers should exchange their vehicle, drivers license and insurance information and then head downtown to report the wreck at their convenience.
5:30-9 am Monday: Authorities scramble to handle slideoff crashes on Interstate 35
For the second straight morning, we have slick travel across the KVOE listening area.
Roads have been icy in spots across Lyon and surrounding counties. In fact, authorities at 6 am were working six separate slideoff crashes on Interstate 35 between Emporia and the Coffey County line. No injuries have been reported with any of the wrecks, but travel is slow on the highway. At least one noninjury slideoff has also been reported on Interstate 35 in Osage County.
Lyon County and KDOT road crews have been out since around 3:30 am to ease the travel situation, while Emporia city crews were out since before 4 am. Authorities are urging caution until the situation improves.
Accumulations will be light areawide -- less than an inch -- and snow should be pretty well over before the morning drive begins. Here's TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers:
Stay updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for developments.
5:30 am Monday: Impact of light rain, snow could hamper Monday morning travel
Slick travels are developing once again across Lyon and surrounding counties.
Light rain began turning to light snow after midnight, and temperatures began dipping below freezing after 2 am. Accumulations will be light areawide -- less than an inch -- and snow should be ending soon. However, roads will be icy in spots across Lyon and surrounding counties. Several slide-off crashes have been reported. So far, there have been no injuries with those wrecks.
Lyon County and KDOT road crews were called out shortly after 3 am to start treating trouble spots.County Engineer Chip Woods says breezy conditions will hamper clearing efforts to a degree Monday morning, and he says folks should avoid driving if possible.
A winter weather advisory affects Lyon and most surrounding counties until 6 am. Originally, the National Weather Service had the advisory ending at 9 am with the prospect of additional snowfall. A separate advisory affects Chase and Greenwood counties until noon.
The wintry weather Monday morning follows light snowfall early Sunday that made travel slick and canceled Sunday services for a lot of area churches east of Emporia. It also previews bitterly cold air sweeping across the KVOE listening area later in the day. A wind chill advisory is up from 6 pm Monday to noon Tuesday with overnight wind chills dipping to near -20.
We'll keep you updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media.
5:30 pm Sunday: Emporia area bracing for round two of winter weather, extreme cold
A second round of snowfall is expected to begin overnight into Monday morning morning.
As a result, most of the KVOE listening area is in a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Monday with Chase and Greenwood counties in the advisory from Midnight to Noon Monay. An additional 1 to 2 inches of snow is possible overnight with most of it falling south of Interstate 70. TV-13 Meteorologist Peyton Sanders says this system could impact the Monday morning commute.
Following the snowfall, brutal cold temperatures and strong winds will move in to the area prompting a Wind Chill Advisory to go into effect Monday at 6 p.m. through Noon Tuesday for the entire listening area. Sanders explains just how cold it will get.
Emporia Public Schools are out Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. If there are additional closings they will be posted here
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10 a.m. Sunday
After heavy snowfall Sunday morning meteorologists say we could experience more hazardous weather through the week.
Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures between midnight and 6 a.m. Sunday led to less than favorable road conditions in the early morning. NWS Meteorologist Emily Heller says the snow will likely have little to no affect on roadways by midday.
With more snowfall expected late Sunday evening into early Monday temperatures are expected to stay low in the early part of the work week.
Be sure to stay with KVOE throughout the week for listings of cancellations. 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.