More freezing rain possible through Thursday

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Slick roads will be likely again through Thursday morning across much of KAKEland as a winter storm slides across the central plains.

Wintry precipitation will gradually slide southeast across KAKEland this evening into tomorrow morning. Untreated roads will once again turn very slick in areas that see freezing rain, which will be along and east of I-35.

The freezing rain and sleet is expected to roll into South Central Kansas and Wichita between 7 and 10pm and will continue in very early morning Thursday, then transition to light snow.

There are two weather scenarios that could unfold for Wichita:
            Scenario 1) Mostly Sleet – Sleet provides a tiny bit of traction, but it’s still ice and roads will be slick. Power outages should be minimal.
            Scenario 2) Mostly Freezing Rain – Roads will be very slick with no traction. Winds will be gusty and ice laden powerlines could lose power.

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Either way, both scenarios are some form of ice and roads will be hazardous tomorrow. Thursday morning’s commute in South Central Kansas will once again be impacted and extreme caution should be used especially on untreated and elevated roadways.

The majority of the snow will stay along and north of the I-70 corridor with ½” to 2” of snow accumulation anticipated in North Central and Northwest Kansas.

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Temperatures behind this weather-maker will be unseasonably cold with highs only in the teens and 20s Thursday with a north wind that could gust to 35mph. Plan on wind chill values as cold as -10° in South Central Kansas down to -27° for Northwest Kansas early Thursday. Expect single digit wind chills at best in the afternoon.

Check Wichita road conditions at WichWay.org and check road conditions across the state at KanDrive.org.

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