Strong winds, chilly temperatures persist

Wichita awoke to sunny skies and snow-covered grounds for this morning's Christmas, but winds and chilly weather continued to make travel hazardous.

The National Weather Service reported nearly 3 inches of snow on Christmas Eve, and forecasters expect temperatures to reach a high of 22 degrees today. Wind chills this morning were -3 degrees.

Emergency dispatchers said they continued receiving accident calls this morning but traffic was lighter due to the holiday.

One person was taken to the hospital due an accident this morning, after a car ran a red light and collided with a snow plow.

The accident occurred under the overpass at Kellogg and Tyler, police said, when a southbound car ran the stoplight and hit the snow plow traveling east.

Sgt. Bill Stevens of the Wichita police said the passenger was ejected from the car and taken to the hospital. The driver of the car suffered minor injuries. The driver of the snow plow was not hurt.

Mid-Continent Airport reported most flights running on schedule with at least three departures delayed up to 45 minutes.

Major highways such as I-35 were still completely snow- and ice-packed, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Wind and blowing snow may continue to be a problem with gusts expected up to 39 mph.

Tonight's forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of snow and cloudy skies with a low around 13 degrees. A west-northwest wind between 17 and 24 mph will bring as high as 33 mph.

Check for weather updates throughout the day.