Temperatures hovering just above freezing, sparing morning commute in Wichita area

The morning commute wasn’t the headache officials were fearing today, thanks to temperatures hovering just above freezing.

The line of mixed precipitation was hovering just northwest of Wichita shortly after 7:30 a.m., according to National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Kleinsasser.

“Chances for measurable snowfall are really going downhill,” he said.

There’s still a chance for a dusting, he said, but they’re diminishing. A “dry slot” – a tongue of dry air – moved into the region, cutting off the snow in this area.

About a foot of snow has been reported in Scott City and Dighton, according to the weather service, and reports of 10 inches are common in central Kansas. Blowing and drifting is widespread through central and western Kansas. Among the highways closed in western Kansas are U.S. 50, U.S. 83 and K-96.

U.S. 50 is closed from Garden City west to the Colorado state line, the Kansas Department of Transportation reports, and U.S. 83 is closed from Scott City south to the Oklahoma state line. K-96 is closed from Tribune west to the Colorado state line.

“If it’s not closed, it’s snowpacked & icy or covered by snowdrifts,” KDOT tweeted about southwest Kansas shortly before 8:30 a.m. “Don’t go if you don’t have to.”

I-70 is snow-packed from Oakley to Junction City and partly snow-packed from Oakley to the Colorado state line, KDOT reports.