TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Kansas Department of Transportation and northeast Kansas cities are preparing Thursday for below freezing temperatures, snow and freezing rain.
Street crews for both the city and state are anticipating the hazardous road conditions that may follow. State highway crews are pre-treating bridges then watching for additional roadways needing treatment, a KDOT spokesperson said. The teams will treat before rain and snowfall while trying to avoid impacting traffic.
Topeka’s Street Department will pre-treat roads this afternoon with salt brine in advance of the winter storms, according to city spokeswoman Molly Hadfield. She also mentioned a second team that plans to watch for possible trouble spots for drivers in the area.
“A night crew will be monitoring the roads and bridges with snow and freezing rain forecasted,” Hadfield said.
The Director of Public Works in Junction City, Ray Ibarra, says its department will have a crew in at 10 o’clock Thursday night monitoring the roads and bridges and if treatment is needed they will work on the arterial and collector routes.
As of 3:30 p.m., Manhattan city crews were in the process of pretreating bridges and some hills. Trucks and equipment have been prepped and are ready. Crews are on-call and will be monitoring the conditions overnight.
Temperatures won’t rise above freezing before 10 or 11 a.m. Friday and rain will follow, according to KSNT’s latest Storm Track forecast. Visit the weather section for the latest updates on weather conditions.