Rain turns to snow in Ellsworth Co. as KDOT works to keep roads safe

ELLSWORTH COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) - Winter weather is already hitting parts of the state and KDOT crews are busy working to keep you safe on the roads.

So far it's been a pretty rainy day in Ellsworth, but KDOT officials say they've been preparing all day for snow.

It's been a wet day out in Central Kansas, but we all know when you add cold temps and precipitation to the roadways you can expect to see others working to keep the roads safe.  

"We are making brine for pre-treatment on the highway for snow and ice and that type of thing," explained Rick Sipple, KDOT equipment coordinator.

Rick Sippel is just one of the many KDOT workers across the state prepping for the winter weather. He says it all starts with making the brine. 

"You have the salt hauled in originally, rock salt," said Sippel. "And then, we take the loader and fill the hopper up and apply the water up to make the solution."

Crews usually work to pre-treat the roads, but area manager Delvin Shultz says the rain put a halt to that today.

"No use pre-treatment if it's raining because it's going to wash right back off," explained, Delvin Schultz, KDOT area supervisor. "As long as it stays just wet and not froze, we're in good shape. It's just pretty much a waiting game."

A game that Shultz and his crew say they're ready to tackle to keep their fellow Kansans safe.

"We just want to make sure they get safe to their destination and we want to come home too," said Shultz.

Crews say now that the snow is falling they're going to be out. KDOT officials remind you to just take it easy and slow down if you have to be out on the road.

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