New year comes in with an icy storm

An accident was reported at eastbound I-70 at the Turner Diagonal around 8:32 a.m. Saturday. Not much traffic was on area highways around 9 a.m. Saturday, with a layer of freezing rain or ice. (KC Scout photo)
Sidewalks and roads were icy on Saturday morning in Wyandotte County. Today’s high will be 22, but temperatures will be falling throughout the day. It may be about 10 degrees by 5 p.m. Tonight, it will be about zero degrees.
Wyandotte County could get 1 to 3 inches of precipitation with the winter storm Saturday. (National Weather Service graphic)
A small amount of ice has or sleet has fallen in Wyandotte County. (National Weather Service graphic)
Temperatures will be around zero late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. (National Weather Service graphic)
The wind chill may drop to minus 7 to minus 14 tonight and Sunday morning in Wyandotte County, according to the National Weather Service.

The new year arrived in Wyandotte County with an icy storm.

A wintry mix and sleet and some freezing rain are covering roads and lawns on Saturday morning, New Year’s Day.

The transition to all snow is expected by noon, the National Weather Service said.

Up to a half-inch of sleet is possible along the I-70 corridor, including Wyandotte County, according to the weather service.

The highest snow rates will occur during the daylight hours today, according to the weather service. Accumulating snow will end by the late evening.

Wyandotte County is under a winter weather advisory until midnight tonight.

A wind chill advisory has been issued for Wyandotte County and the entire area from midnight tonight until 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, according to the weather service. There are dangerous wind chills.

Temperatures were at 17 degrees with a wind chill of 4 at 9 a.m. Saturday, the weather service said. There was light snow, fog and mist in the area.

Temperatures will remain below freezing through Monday afternoon, according to the weather service. Wind chill values tonight into Sunday morning will range from minus 10 to minus 23, the weather service said.

Residents should plan on slippery road conditions, according to the weather service. Cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution while traveling, the weather service said. There may be sleet or ice on the roads. Wear appropriate clothing while outdoors or while traveling. For road conditions, call 5-1-1.

KC Scout reported accidents on area highways, including one on the Turner Diagonal at 8:32 a.m. Saturday.

As of 9:04 a.m. Saturday, the Board of Public Utilities’ outage map was reporting about 68 total customers without power, near 78th and I-70.

Today, New Year’s Day, there is a 100 percent chance of snow, possibly mixed with sleet, becoming all snow after noon, the weather service said. Patchy blowing snow is in the forecast between noon and 2 p.m. The temperature may fall to around 10 degrees by 5 p.m. The wind chill will be between minus 8 and 2. A north wind of 16 to 18 mph will become southeast in the afternoon. Winds may gust as high as 29 mph. A total daytime accumulation of snow and sleet of 1 to 3 inches is possible.

Tonight, there is a 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before midnight, according to the weather service. It will be cloudy during the early evening, then gradually clearing, with a low of 0. Wind chill values are between minus 7 and minus 14. A south wind of 10 to 17 mph will become north in the evening. Winds may gust as high as 25 mph.

Sunday, it will be sunny and cold, with a high near 15, the weather service said. Wind chill will be between minus 5 and minus 15. A north northwest wind of 5 to 10 mph will become light and variable in the afternoon.

Sunday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 5, according to the weather service. A calm wind will become south southwest around 5 mph after midnight.

Monday, it will be sunny, with a high near 37 and a south southwest wind of 6 to 11 mph, gusting as high as 20 mph, the weather service said.