K-96 open again in north Wichita as fog lifts

WICHITA — Eastbound K-96 is open again in north Wichita as dense fog that plagued the morning commute finally lifted.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reopened traffic in the area at about 11:20 a.m., though Kansas Highway Patrol troopers are working eight separate accidents between the West Street exit and the east city limits _ about a 15-mile stretch.

More than two dozen accidents have been reported in the Wichita metropolitan area since 7 a.m., a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said — most of them attributable to fog so thick visibility can be measured at times in the dozens of feet.

Visibility was near zero at K-96 and I-235 at about 9 a.m., the National Weather Service reported. At 37th and Maize, visibility was 50 yards or less.

A dense fog advisory in effect for the region was extended until noon by the weather service.

The fog was created by moisture from evaporating snow and calm wind conditions, said Brad Ketcham, a meteorologist with the weather service.

More fog is possible Thursday morning as the snowmelt continues on unseasonably warm days.

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