Slick Conditions Clear, But Roads Remain Busy

By: Stephanie Diffin Email
By: Stephanie Diffin Email

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December 24, 2010

Roads remained wet Friday after overnight storms cleared away, but holiday drivers say it could have been worse.

"Everybody was saying it was going to ice and snow, and so it's not bad at all. Actually far better than what we were anticipating," said Austin resident Steve Hix, who was driving from Austin to Kansas City.

Hix made a pit stop near Towanda, as fellow Texas resident Robert Johnson also stopped, heading the other direction down I-35.

"We're getting home for Christmas. We were visiting family in Missouri," said Johnson, of Dallas.

While those driving north through Wichita say conditions were clear Friday, those going south had a different story.

"It was a little slippery for a while there, and we were driving in the dark so it hadn't melted off yet," said Johnson.

Now, most of it has melted off, but the Kansas Highway Patrol says holiday travelers should still be careful.

"We're just trying to tell people, if you don't have to go anywhere try to stay in today. I know some of the roads are looking okay today, but it's always a problem when it gets close to 32, 33 degrees," said Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Schawe.

Roads also remained busy Friday, although not quite as busy as Thursday.

"We're not expecting as much traffic as we did have yesterday and last night, due to I think a lot of people were trying to beat the weather," said Schawe.

But those still traveling say they're glad they didn't change their plans.

"They had originally said an inch of snow at this time, so we're happy," said Hix.

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