Winteresque weather marred travel over much of the state, and left some Kansans without power over the Thanksgiving weekend. Ice, sleet and some snow fell throughout the state beginning Wednesday evening, and continued throughout areas of Kansas over the weekend and into today. Icy road conditions are blamed for at least 6 automobile fatalities statewide over the holiday.
KDOT along with some county and city crews were out battling the icy conditions over the holiday weekend, while electrical crews worked to restore power to customers due to downed power lines and tree limbs in several areas across the state over the past few days.
An injury accident occurred in Mankato on Friday when a 1997 Buick LeSabre driven by 21 year old Victoria Moody of Jewell was unable to stop while traveling north on Clinton Street, and slid out onto Hwy. 36. The car was then struck by a Peterbilt semi driven by Chase Anderson of Hays. Moody along with 20 year old Krista Long of Mankato, and a 15 year old passenger were taken by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb. The driver of the semi was uninjured.
Possibilities for a wintery mix continue into today with an 80% chance of precipitation, and a high just above freezing at 34 degrees in our listening area. A winter storm warning continues through Monday in parts of the state, but mostly in areas of central Kansas south of I-70 as well as areas east of 81 Highway (I-135). A winter weather advisory remains in effect for our listening area until noon today with intermittent snow showers and some small accumulation possible.
We should finally see the sun again come Tuesday which will usher in a milder few days ahead with mostly clear skies and highs around 40 by midweek, and pushing up toward 50 on Saturday which will also bring our next potential round of precipitation in the way of rain.