Urgent weather message: Freezing rain to create hazardous conditions

The National Weather Service at Topeka has issued an urgent winter weather message forecasting freezing rain for Osage, Riley, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas and Franklin counties.

The freezing rain advisory is in effect from midnight tonight to 10 a.m. Friday. Widespread freezing drizzle is expected to overspread the advisory area between midnight and 3 a.m. Drizzle will continue into Friday morning with periods of freezing rain as well. Temperatures will warm above freezing from south to north and precipitation will become all liquid between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Total ice accumulations are expected to be a glaze of ice, enough to cause hazardous conditions on exposed and untreated surfaces. Untreated roads, bridges, and walkways will quickly become slick and hazardous.

Travel will become dangerous once freezing rain begins. Travel is discouraged unless it is an emergency. Everyone is advised to avoid downed power lines and be ready in case of a loss of power.

The weather service says the best chance for accumulating ice is north and east of an Ottawa to Manhattan to Washington line, where temperatures are more likely to remain below freezing for an extended period.

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