Wichita Public Works & Utilities crews are ready to respond to potential freezing rain which is projected to begin as early as Thursday evening and could continue through Monday morning. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory yesterday afternoon, advising of potential ice accumulations up to 0.25 inch. The City has been closely monitoring forecasts and shaping response plans accordingly.
Light drizzle and periods of heavy rain are expected to precede the freezing precipitation today and tomorrow, with the heaviest rains occurring Thanksgiving Day. Consequently, crews are unable to pre-treat well in advance of the freezing precipitation because de-icing material would be washed away.
Personnel will be on standby to operate up to the full complement of 61 plow trucks equipped with salt-sand spreaders, as future forecasts and conditions warrant. After the projected heavy rains conclude, crews will likely begin applying a salt-sand mix to bridges – which will be most susceptible to icing - a few hours prior to the forecasted transition to freezing rain. An expansion to full treatment of emergency routes is presently expected to occur soon thereafter, subject to future forecasts and actual conditions.