Bitter cold and strong winds moving through Kansas City overnigh - KCTV5 News

Bitter cold and strong winds moving through Kansas City overnight


Bitter cold air will move in Thursday evening as the skies begin to break up around sunset or shortly after.

The wind through midnight will remain very strong gusting to over 25 mph, at times, sending the wind chill to near zero overnight.

Heavy traffic can melt the snow and ice that already fell on major roadways, which can then refreeze and create icy, slick spots. Take it slow and drive for the conditions, especially on side streets, overpasses, and ramps because those lesser traveled roads may still be partially covered with a mixture of ice and snow.

"Temperatures by morning will drop into the single digits with wind chills below zero lending little hope for a mild end to the work week," StormTrack5 Meteorologist Gary Amble said.

Break out your heavy winter gear again, this weekend will be bitter cold.

A winter storm that moved across the Kansas City area on Thursday caused icy roads and cancellations as officials warned drivers to stay off most roads.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning until noon for parts of central Kansas, with a winter weather advisory for the metro. Between 2 and 5 inches of snow was expected to fall near Topeka, with the heaviest amounts west of Hiawatha to Council Grove. The snow was expected to be accompanied by strong winds and freezing temperatures.

Most schools were closed and other activities also were canceled. Numerous accidents and slide-offs were reported as temperatures dropped quickly and rain turned to ice.

In Topeka, temperatures dropped more 25 degrees in about four hours - from 45 about 5 a.m. to 20 near 9 a.m.

KC Streetcar service was suspended at 9 a.m. due to ice build up on the overhead wires and supplemented with two Ride KC buses. These buses will be in service until regular KC Streetcar service is resumed.

Hundreds of people in Olathe, KS, were without power after a utility pole caught fire on Wednesday night. Multiple senior living communities are located in the affected area. Nearly 2,200 people living near Interstate 35 and Santa Fe Street were originally reported to be without power.

Remember, you can stay on top of the winter weather that moves through the metro with our StormTrack weather app. It lets you track the storms as they head your way. It also provides the latest weather alerts.

Text the word "StormTrack5" to 23765. You'll get a link to download the app for free.

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