Local schools and even county offices were closed Thursday because of a winter storm that resulted in slick conditions in the area.

Local schools and even county offices were closed Thursday because of a winter storm that resulted in slick conditions in the area.

A winter weather advisory was in effect for Leavenworth County from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

In the city of Leavenworth, Public Works Department officials were treating the storm as an ice event. Crews were treating streets with salt and calcium chloride, according to Leavenworth Public Works Director Mike McDonald.

He said they initially focused on the city's emergency snow routes but planned to later treat residential streets.

Temperatures were falling during the day Thursday.

McDonald said the effectiveness of the materials used to treat roadways diminishes as temperatures drop below 20 degrees.

Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department, said driving conditions were far from ideal Thursday. He recommended that people do not attempt to drive in such conditions if they do not have to be out.

McDonald said residents who experience road issues in the city such as a slick street can contact the Leavenworth Municipal Service Center at 913-682-0650.

In rural areas of the county, crews were treating roads with salt and sand as well as calcium chloride, according to Vincent Grier, the county's road and bridge superintendent.

“We'll be out all day,” he said.

Area public schools and parochial schools were closed Thursday as well as the University of Saint Mary campus in Leavenworth.

County offices initially opened Thursday morning, but they were closed at 9:15 a.m.

County Administrator Mark Loughry said in an email that the safety of county employees was his primary concern when making the decision to close the offices.

Loughry said he had been discussing the weather and road conditions with emergency management officials since late Wednesday night. He decided to open the offices Thursday morning because it was thought the worst of the weather might hold off until later in the day.

But he said conditions were deteriorating rapidly Thursday morning and things were expected to get worse. He said sidewalks and entryways to county offices also “were becoming dangerous despite the application of ice melt.”

In Lansing, Waste Management, the contractor that handles trash collection for the city, ended garbage collection Thursday before completing routes in the city because of the weather. Company officials were planning to complete the trash collection today, according to a message posted on the city's website.

In Leavenworth, city crews were collecting trash as scheduled Thursday, according to the city's Facebook page.

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