Friday, February 22, 2013

KDOT road conditions update for Friday afternoon

Publisher's Note: Below is an update from the Kansas Department of Transportation on road conditions throughout the Northeast part of Kansas. 

KDOT Northeast Kansas daytime snowplow crews are out working on clearing mainline lanes and pushing back snow from shoulders, ramp interchange areas, etc.

Road conditions have continued to greatly improve during the morning hours throughout NE Kansas. In some areas, we are actually seeing wet pavement conditions now on the roadways.

We will monitor road condition improvements to determine later today if we will need any nighttime crews to come back in for overnight efforts.

There are still snowpacked conditions throughout much of Northeast Kansas as well as the rest of the state, thus roads may be SLICK in spots due to the snowy conditions.

For your daytime commutes, TAKE IT SLOW, allow plenty of extra time, stay a safe distance from other vehicles and drive for the existing roadway conditions. And as always, put your cell away and buckle up!

Before you head out for your daytime commutes, be sure to check updated Kansas roadway conditions at or call 5-1-1. Also, you can see camera views of the current highway conditions online.


KC Metro Area (Johnson/Leavenworth/Wyandotte Counties) -- Wet/Slushy
Topeka Metro Area (Shawnee County) -- Normal Seasonal to Wet/Slushy
Atchison County -- Partly Snowpacked/Ice
Brown County -- Partly Snowpacked/Ice
Doniphan County -- Partly Snowpacked/Ice
Douglas County -- Partly Snowpacked/Ice
Jackson County -- Wet/Slushy
Jefferson County -- Wet/Slushy
Lyon County -- Partly Snowpacked/Ice
Marshall County -- Partly to Completely Snowpacked/Ice
Nemaha County -- Partly Snowpacked/Ice
Osage County -- Partly Snowpacked/Ice
Pottawatomie County -- Partly Snowpacked/Ice
Riley County -- Partly Snowpacked/Ice
Wabaunsee County -- Partly to Completely Snowpacked/Ice

Driver Safety Tips

Drivers, as you travel about today and this weekend:
  • Take it SLOW!
  • Allow plenty of extra drive time.
  • Watch for icy/slick spots on the roadway; don’t assume that if the pavement looks clear, that it is.
  • Buckle up every passenger, every time.
  • If you get stranded, stay IN your vehicle, keep your seat belt on and call *47 on a state highway/interstate route (any highway that begins with I-, K-, and US-), *KTA on the Kansas Turnpike, or #911 at any time.
For travel today, drivers should use caution, turn on your headlights, and turn off your cruise control. Drivers should also provide for a safe distance or cushion between themselves and vehicles ahead of them.

REMINDER! Please clear snow off hood and roof of your vehicle before driving. Snow flying off your vehicle is a serious danger and distraction to others.

We also want to remind drivers to stay a safe distance back from KDOT snow plows, and if drivers should pass the snow plows, to be extra careful and allow plenty of room as the trucks do travel slower than surrounding traffic.