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Dusting of snow, freezing temperatures combine to create slick commute in Wichita area

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at 7:45 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at 9:20 a.m.

A dusting of snow early Wednesday morning combined with sub-freezing temperatures to make the morning commute a slick one for the Wichita metropolitan area.

More than a dozen accidents were reported around the city shortly after 7 a.m., a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said.

“They need to stay off Kellogg and the elevated roadways — or at least slow down,” the supervisor said of motorists.

No serious injuries were reported with any of the crashes, she said. The Kansas Highway Patrol was working several of them because of where they occurred.

Light snow began falling at about 3 a.m. and continued for about three hours, National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Pearce said.

“With some of the melting we had yesterday, and with temperatures below freezing, that will make roads slick…but that’s to be expected,” she said

A wave of atmospheric energy passed through the area this morning, and with the moisture from the melting snow in the air it combined to generate a bit of fresh snow, she said. It only amounted to .2 of an inch, but that dusting helped make roads slick — particularly elevated surfaces.

That raises the February snowfall total in Wichita to 21.2 inches, adding to the snowiest month in the city’s history.

Skies should remain mostly cloudy today, Pearce said, with temperatures climbing into the upper 30s.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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