WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The temperatures across Kansas have dropped to dangerously low levels and are still falling. Wind chills during the day Thursday will feel as cold as -25 to -45.
At Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport, a lot of flights have been canceled or delayed. Travelers are missing connections that would get them home in time for the Christmas holiday. If your flight was canceled, click here for advice about what to do next.
Check arrivals and departures on FlyWichita.com before heading to the airport.
Road crews were busy overnight treating the roads for ice and snow, but the highways and streets were still slick during morning rush hour. As a result, there were some crashes and spin-offs.
The Kansas Highway Patrol had to close Interstate 70 from Russell eastbound in Russell County due to crashes and whiteout conditions.
The Kansas Department of Transportation said the closure extended from exit 184 at Russell to exit 206 at Wilson.
Wichita and several other communities have enacted the Emergency Accident Reporting Plan.
In Wichita, if you are involved in a vehicle crash that meets the following criteria:
– No injuries
– No drug/alcohol involvement
– No hit and run
– Vehicles are moveable
You can exchange information with the other driver and fill out a report online within 24 hours.
Law enforcement is asking that people stay home if possible. However, if you have to leave your home, check KanDrive.org to see the road conditions along your route.
Also, check KSN’s Closings and Delays page to see if the place you are going to is still open.
If you have to travel, have a charged cellphone with you. That way, you can call for help if your vehicle breaks down.
“Please stay in your vehicle, DO NOT start walking,” the Kansas Highway Patrol says. “Hypothermia will set in fast when the wind chill is at -45 degrees.”
Another issue with the winter storm is the strong wind causing power outages. As of 6:30 Thursday morning, Evergy reported more than 11,000 customers without power in its service area. Other utility companies and cooperatives across Kansas are also reporting some outages.