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A second round of winter weather is moving into Kansas, and it's expected to bring around 9 to 13 inches of snow to the Wichita area by early Tuesday.
A winter storm warning has been issued for central, south central and eastern parts of Kansas, with a bilzzard warning in effect for southwestern areas of the state.
In Wichita, the city is urging residents to avoid non-essential travel during the storm. Deputy Public Works Director Joe Pajor said there is a concern about low supplies of salt and sand to treat the major roadways. City crews will start by plowing the major routes during the storm, and then salt and sand will be applied after the snow stops falling.
Pajor said because of the snow that has piled up already from last week's 14-inch snowstorm, the crews may have to pile snow in the center of the roadway, leaving only one lane open in each direction. That will make it difficult to make left turns from the major streets.
Pajor said the lack of salt and sand could make roads slicker and harder to navigate than they were during last week's storm.
Wichita Police Lieutenant Doug Nolte said motorists are urged to slow down if they have to get out on the streets during the storm, and they should make sure the snow is cleared from their windshields, side-view mirrors and from their headlights and tail lights. Nolte said there were a number of motorists who did not do this last week, and they were driving with a limited view out of their car windows.