Executive branch offices in Kansas are closed for a second day, but most local, public entities will open for business today, Feb. 5. Local schools, including Gardner-Edgerton and Spring Hill districts, are closed for a second.
Check with places of business before going out, because not everything is open, and many will open later than normal. Deliveries of The Gardner News will be delayed.
Gardner City Hall will open at 9 a.m., and Johnson County Government offices will open at 10 a.m. on Feb. 5. Johnson County library branches will open at noon.
Meals on Wheels deliveries are canceled and nutrition centers will be closed.
State government offices in Topeka will be shuttered for a second day.
“With continued high snow fall rates, high winds and extremely frigid temperatures, state offices in Shawnee County will be closed for an additional day,” Gov. Sam Brownback said. “These conditions present a significant challenge for KDOT and local communities in keep the roads free of drifting snow. Our priority is the safety of all our employees.”
In addition to closing state offices in Topeka, Brownback declared a state of disaster emergency for all of Kansas. With the declaration, the Governor authorized the Kansas National Guard to deploy nine teams to assist in storm recovery.
The teams will include two humvees and four soldiers to transport emergency and medical personnel and assist stranded motorists. National Guard teams will operate out of Mission, Kansas City, Kan., Topeka, Emporia, Salina, Wichita, Hiawatha, Iola, Wichita, and Dodge City.
“As predicted and expected, snow has been blanketing the state for several hours causing deteriorating travel conditions,” said Brownback. “I want to continue to urge everyone to avoid travel unless it is absolutely essential.”
Weather forecasters are predicting near-record low temperatures, as low as 15 degrees below zero, for Thursday, Feb. 6. Forecasters also anticipate another round of snow late Friday evening into Saturday morning.