Crews begin plowing operations in Wichita
The city of Wichita has had 50 plow trucks working to spread a salt and sand mix on the major streets and intersections, and plowing operations have started as snow begins to fall across the area.
Public works director Alan King says it will take about 24 hours to get through the snow emergency routes, so that work will not be completed until Monday evening. He says the salt and sand mix will help in breaking up the snow and ice cover as temperatures warm up during the week. King says the traffic has been lighter, so trucks have a chance to get to the snow before it becomes packed down on the streets.
King says some streets will be in better shape than others, and with strong north winds and blowing snow conditions, there will be some streets that have a thicker layer of snow. The city and the police department are discouraging travel, but King says drivers should use extreme caution if they have to be out on the streets. He says part of the system should be in good shape for morning rush hour Monday, but there will be other places that crews haven't been able to get to. He's asking Wichita residents to be patient with the city in getting the snow cleared.
Information on the city's snow routes can be found at the following link: