What is the Snowflake or X warning light in my Kia vehicle?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 9:41 pm
Kia Sorento Dashboard Instrument Cluster

We were recently browsing through the comments on our popular Kia warning lights blog and, first of all, we would like to apologize for not answering the many questions you’ve had for us over the past year. We wish we could’ve gotten to answering them in a much more timely manner, but hopefully getting to them late is better than never.

We’ll be going through some of the most common issues people have with the warning lights over the next few weeks, starting with one question that popped up several times in those comments. No one seems to be sure what the light is actually called or what it’s meant to do, but the snowflake or x warning light on your Kia vehicle does have an important purpose, and we’ll get to the bottom of it!

[ READ MORE: Kia Warning Lights and their Meanings ]

Icy Road Warning Light

Yellow Kia Icy Road Warning LightFrom the information we’ve gathered, using the many questions in the comments on that blog for reference, we’ve deduced that the warning light in question is the Icy Road Warning Light – pictured here. At a glance, it’s difficult to tell exactly what it is, but the icon depicts a 2-lane road with a snowflake at the bottom.

It was designed to warn you that icy road conditions are a possibility, and it will light up whenever the ignition switch is turned to on and the exterior temperature is below 39.2⁰ Fahrenheit. It will also turn on if the temperature drops even further while you’re driving. If the light is on, it will first blink for 10 seconds, letting off a warning chime to alert you to it, and will then remain illuminated while the temperature is below that range.

Hopefully this sums up any questions that you might have! Don’t hesitate to give us a call if it doesn’t.

38 Responses to “What is the Snowflake or X warning light in my Kia vehicle?”

  1. Steve Adkins says:

    Can this icon be disabled, it is annoying. i know when the temp is cold enough for freezing conditions.

    • CS says:

      Seriously. As a resident of NY, I get the pleasure of hearing this almost every time I drive for the past 6 months. Then of course there’s times when I start driving while it’s warmer, then the buzzer randomly sounds halfway through a drive (as its gotten colder). It is absolutely a hazard, as my eyes then leave the road to try to figure out what is wrong with my car.

      It is absolutely obnoxious that this “feature” cannot be turned off. Some of the other “features” that are getting added to newer cars are equally baffling. Rain-sensing wipers? Not everything needs to be “improved.”

  2. Tameeka says:

    Yeah the light is annoying, can it be disabled ?

  3. Cyndi says:

    The light isn’t so much annoying as the chime going off makes me think there’s something suddenly wrong with the vehicle. Then I’m searching the dashboard trying to figure out what real emergency might be happening. The annoyance and frustration comes when realizing it’s this particular issue. Not an emergency. It’s winter. It’s cold. If there’s precipitation common sense would hopefully prevail.

  4. mary spears says:

    If the yellow icy road indicator light stays on, does it auto run in all wheel drive?

  5. Barb says:

    My icy road warning light came on… it looked like a Lego Star Wars character with 2 light sabers to me. Could not recognize it as a snowflake till I blew it up in a photo! I live in AZ and there have NEVER been icy roads in PHX! It DID go down to 40 when this beep and light came on, scaring me till I got home to look it up!

  6. Jeannie Baker says:

    So question was never answered can this. Alert be disabled? If SO HOW ?

    • blogsadmin says:

      Hi, Jeannie! Unfortunately, this cannot be disabled.

      • Richie says:

        This is ridiculous, way to keep building idiots. There is no need for so many alarms and nonsense. This needs to be aoption. Teaching my daughter how to drive and this among other noises are causing me dangerous reactions. Noise pollution, distraction and useless.

  7. Jalen says:

    I have a 2015 Kia Optima LX and I can see that the light is in my gauge cluster however it does not flash or come on and the temperature is well below the needed temp. How do I enable it?

  8. Rod says:

    I just got off the phone with the KIA customer support group…. was advised no one with KIA Motors can assist with my question regarding this icon…. was suggested to google to determine what this icon represents…. I also scoured the manuals, nothing found…. pretty sad that a company the size of KIA suggested I google a description of the icon to determine the meaning….

    • Amy says:

      I live in Florida, where it’s not often below 39 degrees. I was driving home tonight and was scared to death because my Sorrento (who apparently is as freaked about the weather as it’s owner!) starting excessively chiming at me and this alert light up. I too called Kia concerned that my car was having issues and was told to Google it. Luckily the first result in my search of “why is my car showing me snowflakes” brought me here…

  9. Stacy says:

    So glad I found the answer to what this light is! Lol. Kind of useless though.. isn’t it?? Or is it there because unfortunately people can’t get off of their phones to actually LOOK at the road while they drive… DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE PEOPLE..

  10. david santos says:

    icw roadwarning light come on as well as tempture 39.2 when noiceroad or temp.is normal

  11. Bonnie says:

    Light came on and chime went off for the first time this morning. Spooked me being a new car and driving down the road searching for what is wrong. I live in Pismo Beach, Ca. We don’t often get below 40 degrees. I don’t mind the light because it did go off, but the chime is unnecessary. I do see where this could be a really annoying feature for those that experience normal cold during the winter.

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  15. Axel says:

    Hi, i have questions, there’s all wheel drive warning lights on when it’s cold. Do you know why?

  16. Di says:

    Need to know how to change the icy conditions warning to show the temperature in Fahrenheit and not Celsius.

  17. Joyce says:

    Just ignore it like you Should be ignoring your cell phone that’s probably constantly dinging and chiming to no complaints about that chill out.

  18. What The says:

    It is a distraction just like the overhead signs in our area that provide the same icy road conditions and drivers slow down to read them the same way drivers react to an chime in there car. Main difference though is when the temp goes down from 60 or 50 to below 39 overnight, there’s no damn ice. KIA blew it as they have on other features like fog lights that require your headlights to be on.

  19. mp says:

    Agree with previous posters – when you live in Minnesota this warning comes on every time I start my car. Not sure what the value of that is. Also a huge disruption when it comes on while driving as I have to look to see what the warning dings are. This is truly an idiot light. What idiot thought it would be a good idea to have warning bells go off every time I drive my car? What idiot thought this was a better warning than the 4 feet of snow in my driveway? Has to be someone who lives where it never gets down to 39

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  21. Counter Click says:

    I bought a 2018 RAV4 and the ping/chime for “icy road” is truly annoying all winter. The manufacturers could at least make it sound different from the other chime pings. Here in Ontario its near freezing some 6 months of the year. When I back out of my garage, it usually chimes halfway down the driveway, just like all the other warnings, including the rear pedestrian/vehicle avoidance detection. So you just ignore any and all chime pings. Dealer has confirmed they cannot disable it. Truly an “idiot chime”

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  26. xiao says:

    Does anyone know how to turn it off? I am in florida, outside 90 degrees it shows -15 F , the worst is that it automatically shuts off the AC, what the design? I thought the outside air temperature sensor was not working., I changed this with the new one. Still have same problem, Who knows how to fix or shut down that, my car is 2016 Kia sedona lx

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  29. Tracy R Trickett says:

    Why is there nothing about this warning light in ths Kia manual? I had to Google it to find out about this stupid, useless idiot light

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