Winter weather left a sheet of ice over Reno County and parts of western Kansas during the overnight hours.

The Reno County Sheriff’s Office reported via Facebook that three minor accidents occurred due to slick roads between 4 and 5 a.m. Tuesday, and deputies reported to an overturned tractor trailer at Kansas Highway 61 and Burns near Turon at approximately 5 a.m.

Reno, Harvey and Sedgewick counties saw between one- and two-tenths of an inch of ice, followed by one-third to one-half an inch of sleet, according to the National Weather Service in Wichita.

The Hutchinson area forecast has temperatures in the 30s through most of the week, with temperatures warming to the 40s Friday and Saturday, and up into the low 50s Sunday and Monday.

According to NWS in Wichita, there will be a possibility for freezing rain or snow Wednesday night into Thursday.

While road conditions were worsened, the ice and sleet may have had a very small benefit for area farmers.

When it comes to crops, ice and cold are often bad -- freezing temperatures can kill crops or damage yield -- but Reno County Extension Agent Darren Busick said area farmers may be happy to see this precipitation.

“I think people are more excited about the moisture than they are worried about the crops,” Busick said. “That’s bad to to say, but we need the moisture so bad right now, we’re looking at anything that will melt as help.”

Busick added that the freeze could damage wheat crops, but it is too early to tell.

“As far as wheat goes, I don’t think we should see too much freeze damage, but it’s early.” he said. “We’ll see the extent of the freeze damage later in the spring and summer.”

In western Kansas, accumulations were not as great.

“Overnight most of our coverage area saw just a glaze of ice, then a dusting of snow,” Dodge City NWS Forecaster Wesley Hovorka said. “Not as much as the Hutchinson area, but still enough to make roads slick in places.”

Hovorka said as dry conditions go, this small amount didn’t make a dent.

“Any little moisture helps,” he said. “But we didn’t get enough to help with the drought. We’d need persistent rain, over a few days, to really provide any relief.”

More precipitation is also possible for western Kansas. Hovorka said the area could see light snow or freezing drizzle late Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night, though the chances are mostly for the area east of U.S. Highway 283.

The storm system stretched from Texas to Minnesota. NWS issued winter weather advisories for much of Kansas until noon Tuesday.

Freezing rain, ice and slick roads forced Gov. Jeff Colyer to cancel his plans to sign a proclamation about the importance of being prepared for severe weather.

Chance Hoener’s agriculture roots started on farms and ranches in Southeast Kansas. Now he covers Kansas agriculture as the Kansas Agland editor. Email him with news, photos and other information at or by calling (620) 694-5700, ext. 320.