Second Snow Storm In Two Weeks Doesn't Surprise Some Residents

By: Stephanie Diffin Email
By: Stephanie Diffin Email

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Much of Kansas is seeing two winter storms in two weeks. So for some drivers, slick conditions are becoming routine.

"Oh they're slick but if you go slow there's no problem," said Wichita driver Stephen Williams.

"We're in the Midwest and it's winter. So I kind of expect it, it's kind of fun actually," said Larry Nienhueser.

But even as some drivers say they expect the wintry weather, many drivers are still taking expert warnings to stay off the roads.

"[In] town it's not bad. [But] I don't think I would like going to Topeka today, or south, or any direction for that matter," said Nienhueser.

"It's a wintry day in KAKEland, no doubt, brutal. Stay home if you don't have to go anywhere," said Williams.

It's good advice, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation, as even as crews worked around the clock Tuesday, snow continued to fall.

"It's a snow storm. The roads aren't perfect. Our crews are out but the snow keeps coming down. It will take awhile to get caught up," said Kansas Department of Transportation Spokesman Tom Hein.

Hein says that's especially true because unlike last week, this storm is bringing the type of snow that sticks to the roadways.

"This is a much wetter snow that we are going to see some accumulation from. Last week a lot of it blew off the road, which was a good thing for us," said Hein.

That's not the case this time, but it's also not a surprise for many residents, even as wind chills dip well below zero.

"I worked in the oil fields for a number of years, every day seven days a week, and this is a piece of cake compared to what we used to get," said Wichita driver Romer Stafford.

"We can expect this in Kansas in the wintertime. Just make the most of it and enjoy our day," said Nienhueser.


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