City prepares for next winter storm

WICHITA, Kansas – Winter weather is moving in in time for the weekend.

Sleet, snow, freezing rain, and ice are things that could be on the way depending on how the storm takes shape.

Wichita city officials say they are going to do all they can to ensure that streets are clear and roads are safe to drive with this round of winter weather.

“The uncertainty is not a major impact for us, it certainly is a major impact in trying to forecast what the road conditions are going to be like, but operationally, we bring all the forces that we have available for snow and ice to this event as we do with any emergency snow and ice operation,” said Joe Pajor, Wichita Public Works.

Pajor says they will have crews on standby for cleanup over the weekend and 100 people working on 12 hour shifts for an around the clock response.

“We began pretreating snow and emergency routes on Tuesday. We completed the primary roads with brine. School and secondary routes are being pretreated today,” said Pajor.

Kansas Department of Transportation officials are also watching the forecast.

Their crews are on standby and they will be paying close attention to the forecast as we get closer to the storm.

They are hoping we don’t get ice.

“It’s not pretty. We’d rather deal with snow, but, so far, the forecast is calling for a very dry snow with a lot of wind. We like that because that will actually blow off the highway,” said Tom Hein, Kansas Department of Transportation.

Maps of the snow routes can be found by clicking here.  

 

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