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 Linn County Emergency Management Coordinator Doug Barlet issued a notification on Tuesday, Feb. 5, regarding winter weather conditions for the remainder of the week.

According to the notice, the NWS is expecting freezing drizzle/rain to continue today into Wednesday with less than a 10th of an inch of ice accumulation expected. Where temperatures are below freezing, hazardous road conditions may develop, especially on bridges, overpasses and raised areas.

Thursday's forecast has a wintry mix to include freezing drizzle, freezing rain or light snow with light snow possible again on Friday.

Linn County emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, when a vehicle lost control and struck the rail of the Marais des Cygnes River Bridge. KDOT is currently treating the bridges and roadways in Linn County.

“Clues that the roadways may be icing over include ice forming on your vehicle antenna, side-view mirrors or around the edges of your windshield as you are driving,” said Barlet in the notification.

“If you see any of these signs, it is likely that the roadways are icing over as well,” he added. “Bridges, overpasses and raised areas of the roadway are typically the first areas to freeze or ice over during these types of events.”

Please use caution when traveling in this weather.  Reducing your vehicle speed is the best way to reduce your chance of losing control of your vehicle when driving on ice- or snow-covered roadways. Avoiding quick changes in speed, acceleration and braking also helps to prevent loss of control. 

Winter weather advisory was issued for east central Kansas at 4:19 a.m. Feb. 5.

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