TOPEKA (KSNT) – What has been one of the warmest Decembers in recent years, is about to take a turn for the cold. The winter weather that’s been hitting areas like Nebraska and Colorado will finally be making its way to Kansas.
“We’ve got a really big winter storm coming in its going to be a big mess, it’s going to be a terrible day to travel on Monday,” says Brian Barjenbruch with the National Weather Service in Topeka.
KSNT Stormtrack Meteorologists have been tracking a large storm system heading right for northeast Kansas.
“When you wake up in the morning it will already be happening so you’re probably going to see sleet on the ground and a sleet falling, you could very well already see a good amount of snow already piled on the ground,” says Barjenbruch.
The Kansas Department of Transportation says they have crews on standby but are not going to pretreat the roads.
“Right now it’s forecast as rain, then freezing rain, then snow. So if we pretreated, it would simply wash off the road ways,” says Kim Qualls with KDOT.
The winter weather is expected to hit late tonight and Qualls says they have 34 trucks and 40 employees ready to making sure the roads are as safe as possible.
Barjenbruch says they, “expect quite a bit of slick roads conditions and so it’s going to be one where you may want to consider not going anywhere if you don’t have to.”
“Always the thing to do is drive for the conditions out there, but also know before you go. It’s so important for drivers to check those road conditions before they head out, especially if they are going on a longer commute,” says Qualls.
If you are traveling Qualls says to remember, “the first thing that freezes up is always the bridges, the over passes, the fly over tramp, definitely use extra caution at those areas.”