Due to safety concerns regarding the winter storm that hit the state overnight, Governor Laura Kelly has declared Inclement Weather, ordering a delayed start time for non-essential state employees in Shawnee County on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

State offices will be closed until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20th, to give road crews adequate time after sunrise to clear streets and sidewalks. State employees should report to work for a 10 a.m. start time, at which time offices will be open to the public.

Kelly urged schools, private businesses and other organizations to keep an eye on weather conditions and make their own determinations about closing.

Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas Highway Patrol officials advised people to avoid travel if at all possible to keep the roads clear for snow plows.

Note: This declaration does not include employees in the Board of Regents, Regents Institutions, the Judicial Branch, nor the Legislative Branch of Government. Their designated representative will make a separate declaration for those employees if appropriate.

Appointing authorities in offices located outside Shawnee County have the option to declare Inclement Weather for those counties.