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TEMPERATURES PLUMMET, ROADS GET SLICK

January 4, 1998

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Unseasonably warm temperatures that hit 62 degrees early Saturday morning plummeted more than 30 degrees before the day was through, and slick roads were giving motorists problems late Saturday night.

Although no weather-related injury accidents were reported to the Kansas Highway Patrol or Kansas Turnpike Authority before midnight Saturday, road crews began taking precautions.

"It's icing up north of Interstate 70 right now, and it's moving this way," a highway patrol dispatcher in Topeka said late Saturday. "It doesn't sound real good, but this is January."

Trucks took to the Kansas Turnpike, spreading salt and sand as roads began getting slick.

"It sounds like it's going to be that way all night and into (today)," a KTA dispatcher said. "Hopefully, we'll get the maintenance crews out before (accidents) happen."

Rain is expected to accompany cloudy and cooler conditions across much of Kansas through early this week, the National Weather Service said. The state forecast called for a chance of rain on Monday, with freezing rain or snow possible west and north and highs from the 30s north and west to the 40s southeast.

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