City crews were activated this afternoon for a full response in advance of the wintry precipitation. The City applied brine pre-treatment to primary, secondary, and school routes, beginning on Tuesday. The brine has helped slow the development of ice on the roadways.
Weather forecast models have been refined since the last update yesterday morning. Forecasted precipitation over the next 36 hours include up to six inches of snow and ice accumulations for the area. Bitterly cold temperatures are also expected.
In response to the precipitation that has fallen this afternoon, crews are spreading a salt/sand mix on emergency route intersections, hills, curves, bridges, and freeways. Plows are in the raised position to maximize effectiveness of the storm response. Raised plows allow the crews to spread the treatment material as quickly as possible.
Road Conditions Forecast
Traveling on city streets will become more challenging as the storm develops. Road conditions are likely to deteriorate with increasing precipitation overnight. Drivers are encouraged to limit discretionary travel until the storm is over.
An update on road conditions and the City’s storm response will be provided via news release on Sunday morning. Maps of the snow routes can be found on the City’s website, under the Public Works & Utilities page. The maps are accessible directly at the following link.
http://wichita.gov/Departments/PWU/Streets Documents/Snow and Ice Routes.pdf