Crews prepare for the next winter storm
WICHITA, Kan (KSNW) – Preparations are underway for the storm, but you may not notice it happening. With a big winter storm on the horizon, you might expect to see the sand and salt trucks treating the roads. With rain in the forecast before snow, crews are waiting for now.
“I always call that perfect fly your pet day,” said Lewis Ruth, who lives in Wichita.
“I’ve lived here my whole life, so I’m kind of used to it, but this year and the last two years it’s been really weird,” Wichita resident Ollie Griggs said.
From hot and windy to ice and snow.
“Well, I think the rapid change in temperature as the rain comes down isn’t a big deal, but when it starts to freeze it’s a problem,” said Tom Hein, public affairs manager for the KDOT Wichita Metro.
KDOT crews are getting their plows ready to hit the road overnight and hope to learn from the latest winter storm.
“The way the ice and sleet got on the road and then we had snow on top of that, we pretty much had to wipe that off the road and hopefully we won’t have to do it again, but it accumulates to be quite similar,” Hein said.
A City of Wichita spokeswoman, Megan Lovely, said she had replenished her sand and salt mix and her crews were ready to work 12-hour shifts.
“In the last winter storm, we deployed about 150,000 pounds of salt-sand mix. So we’re ready if we have to do this again or whatever we have to do,” Lovely said.
Some Wichitans are already preparing for the bunker on Thursday.
“I’ll be staying at my mom’s all day tomorrow, not going out,” Ruth said.
City officials expect a tough morning commute, so plan ahead if you need to travel on Thursday.