Wintry mix hits Wichita streets as it moves across Kansas


Another winter storm is making its way across Kansas.

Governor Laura Kelly issued a disaster declaration Friday — making state resources available to cities and counties.

Just within the last couple hours, crews started putting salt and sand on area roads and in two more hours the city says it will be in full activation mode.

The city of wichita has:

  • 7,500-tons of salt sand mix ready to go out with
  • 8,000 pounds of pure salt on standby and 
  • 160 staff members ready to respond.

Freezing rain is the most challenging weather for the city to mitigate.

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“Snow is not nearly as bad, you can plow it off,” explained Alan Ding, Director of Public Works. “It’s when you have rain turning to ice, that’s difficult for us. One of the reasons why is because even when we put materials down on the streets, the rain has a tendency to wash it off. And so now you’re basically starting over again.”

That’s why crews pushed back their start time from 4 to 8 p.m. That’s when crews hit the streets with one goal in mind — keep you safe.

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