Freezing Rain and Ice Storms in Kansas
Every year…numerous traffic accidents occur as a direct result of ice. Even a light coating of ice can be extremely dangerous to motorists and pedestrians. A small amount of ice can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. If walking…icy spots can easily lead to a fall. A more significant amount of ice can bring down trees…topple utility poles and collapse communication towers. In extreme events…ice can be the direct result of power outages that can last for days.
Freezing drizzle or rain occurs when surface temperatures are cold enough to freeze drizzle or rain on contact. If you suspect near freezing temperatures with falling rain…keep in mind that patches of ice might be possible. Usually bridges and overpasses are the first to experience this effect as road temperatures cool quicker in these locations.
Roads that appear to be clear in the wintertime might actually be coated with a thin layer of ice…known as black ice. This nearly invisible layer of ice can cause a rapid lose of control of your vehicle. Black ice is often found in the overnight hours into the dawn.
The best way to prevent dangerous travel on snow or ice covered roads is to avoid it. if travel is necessary…keep informed of the current weather and road conditions as well as the latest weather forecast. Information on road conditions in Kansas is available on the web at
or by dialing toll free 511 or if outside of the state 1-866-511-5368
Phone numbers for department of transportation road reports in other states are available by calling information or by doing an internet search.Return to News Archive