Some local government offices closed early, and many evening activities were canceled Wednesday as a winter storm caused ice to form on sidewalks and roadways.

Some local government offices closed early, and many evening activities were canceled Wednesday as a winter storm caused ice to form on sidewalks and roadways.

Area residents were bracing for possibly more ice as well as snow Wednesday night and early this morning. But freezing precipitation had already produced ice in the area Wednesday morning.

"It just kind of glazed up all at once," said Kim Buchanan, deputy director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said about 10 car accidents were reported to the Leavenworth Police Department within an hour beginning around 11 a.m. Wednesday. He said most of the accidents were fairly minor.

A winter weather advisory had been issued for Leavenworth County. But this was replaced Wednesday afternoon by an ice storm warning. The ice storm warning is scheduled to remain in effect until noon today, according to the National Weather Service.

City of Leavenworth offices closed at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Leavenworth City Manager Paul Kramer said closing city offices early might have reduced traffic on slick roadways because people were not traveling to city buildings. The city manager said he also wanted city employees to get home and off the roadways.

"We don't want people on the roads," he said.

Even though city offices closed early, streets crews remained on the job.

Leavenworth Public Works Director Mike McDonald said crews were treating city streets Wednesday. He said crews initially focused on what are designated as emergency snow routes as well as what he called "hot spots" before transitioning to residential streets.

City of Lansing offices closed at 2 p.m. Wednesday due to icy conditions, according to the city's website.

Fort Leavenworth had an early dismissal for non-essential employees Wednesday afternoon. Employees who lived outside of Leavenworth and Lansing were sent home at 1 p.m. Employees who live in Leavenworth and Lansing went home at 1:30 p.m. And employees who live on the Army installation went home at 2 p.m., according to a post on a Fort Leavenworth Facebook page.

Leavenworth public schools dismissed classes at their regular times. But all after school activities were canceled Wednesday, according to the school district's website.

District spokesman Jake Potter said school officials typically do not dismiss classes early due to weather conditions. He said school officials do not want to send children from school early when there may be no one at home to supervise them.

He said keeping students at school also may give city crews time to treat streets before classes are dismissed for the day.

As of press time, there was no word regarding whether classes would be canceled for today because of weather conditions.

Evening activities for Lansing public schools also were canceled Wednesday.

Lansing parent-teacher conferences that were scheduled for Wednesday evening have been rescheduled for Feb. 13. Parent-teacher conferences scheduled for today also have been canceled, according to the school district's website.

Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley encouraged people to stay home when roads are icy.

"If you don't have to go out, stay home," he said.

He said people who drive in icy conditions need to take time to completely scrape car windows. He said drivers also should allow for extra time to reach their destinations.

"Take it easy on the corners," he said.

Sherley recommends that drivers make sure their cellphones are charged. He also suggested carrying items such as blankets, granola bars and bottles of water in case drivers become stranded and have long waits for tow trucks.

He said drivers who are in accidents should stay with their vehicles as they wait for law enforcement officers to arrive.

Colder temperatures are expected tonight with a low of about 4 degrees in Leavenworth. Wind chill values tonight may range between -4 and -9, according to the National Weather Service.

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