Drivers urged to be careful as winter weather grips Kansas

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Authorities are reminding drivers to be careful on the roads as freezing rain and snow make their way through Kansas.

The City of Goddard said Friday on social media that westbound U.S. 54 near 167th Street was shut down after a FedEx truck jackknifed. Numerous other accidents and slide-offs have been reported in the city and across the state. 

Many schools dismissed early due to the weather, and non-essential state employees in Shawnee County were sent home at noon. 

See current school closings here and other cancellations here.

Severe storms in south-central Kansas earlier brought hail and caused street flooding across metro Wichita.

Thunderstorm chances were going down, but freezing rain rates are going up. KAKE Meteorologist Cat Taylor says this may happen rather quickly.

"While ground temperatures are warm, it still may become slick as we go through the day," she said. "Ice is already accumulating on trees and power lines in spots. As winds pick up later the evening and tonight, power outages may be an issue."

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

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