A thin coating of ice made roads in much of Kansas dangerous to drive and forced the closing of many schools, including Kansas State University campuses in Manhattan and Salina.


A thin coating of ice made roads in much of Kansas dangerous to drive and forced the closing of many schools, including Kansas State University campuses in Manhattan and Salina.

The National Weather Service said the ice early Monday was a prelude to a storm that is expected to hit the state with snow starting overnight Monday through early Wednesday. Forecasts call for 4 to 7 inches around Wichita, 9 to 12 inches in southeast Kansas. Central Kansas, generally west of the Interstate 135 corridor, can expect 3 to 5 inches.

The storm is expected to include strong winds causing drifts and low visibility on Tuesday. And after the snow ends early Wednesday, much of Kansas is expected to be locked in bitter cold the rest of the week.