NWS warns winter precipitation, ice storm through weekend
A wintry blast of rain and ice is expected to affect most of Kansas beginning Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 and lasting until late Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Locally, the National Weather Service at Topeka has issued an ice storm warning in effect beginning at 9 a.m. Friday and lasting until midnight Sunday, and covering Osage County and much of northeast Kansas.
Freezing rain is expected to begin with light ice accumulations late Friday morning and Friday afternoon across the entire area, with the intensity expected to increase through Sunday. Ice accumulation of 1/2 inch to one inch of ice is possible by Sunday afternoon, with locally higher amounts possible.
The storm’s main impact will be light accumulations Friday night into early Saturday that make roadways, bridges and elevated surfaces slick. Additional significant accumulations Saturday afternoon into Sunday are expected to cause damage to tree limbs, power lines, and cause significant impacts to travel.
The ice storm warning includes Osage, Jefferson, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Anderson and Coffey counties.
An ice storm warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged. Commerce will likely be severely impacted.
If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Ice accumulations and winds will likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches that add to the danger.
Graphic thanks to NWS Topeka.