First winter storm makes for tough commute

Newton Now Staff

A winter storm of freezing rain, sleet and then snow made the early morning commute difficult and sometimes dangerous for Newton residents this morning.

Harvey County emergency dispatch estimated around one dozen slide offs were reported as of 10 a.m.

A jack-knifed semi trailer closed First St. near Harvest Hill Road east of Newton. Slide offs and accidents occurred both on U.S. Highway 50 and I-135.

Residents commuting to Wichita reported icy and treacherous conditions along I-135.

KDOT crews are working and currently treating major highways.

Slick spots remain.

In town, roads also have slick spots, but continue to improve with more people driving on them. Main Street, at the corner of Broadway,  has melted and cars appear to be driving the speed limit on it.

The storm has moved on, but according to the National Weather Service cold temperatures with winds in excess of 30 miles an hour will continue through out the day.

The storm represents the first notable snow Harvey County has received in more than a calendar year.