WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The City of Wichita said road crews were facing a challenge Thursday after a winter storm brought freezing rain, sleet and snow to the area. 

With heavy winds, engineers with the Public Works and Utilities Department said plow trucks and its sand and salt treatment could only do so much. 

“When that blows around, a lot of it ends up in our streets,” Aaron Henning, Maintenance Engineer with the Public Works and Utilities said. “So, we get kind of a double dose.”

Drivers like David Holmes said the wintery conditions made for a longer drive Thursday morning. 

“Probably stay home for a while,” he said. “You know, it’s gonna melt off pretty quick like, but the roads are pretty terrible right now.”

But, as the day went on, the sun started to shine, and drivers like Cody Rinehart had a different experience. 

“I thought it was going to be worse,” Rinehart said. “The weather’s kind of helping out a little bit.”

Rinehart said he avoided leaving his home in the morning. 

“When I woke up, I did not want to leave,” he said. “I did not want to get out of the house.”


“We are seeing drifting,” Henning said. “We’re seeing areas that are open with almost white out conditions, actually white out conditions. It is really tough out there right now.”

The City said it does expect some roads to still be snow packed tomorrow morning. However, conditions should continue to improve throughout Friday.

Crews will continue to plow and treat the roads until they are fully clear. 

“We hope to see a lot of progress tomorrow,” Henning said. “But, we do expect to be engaged through at least tomorrow.”