UPDATE: NW Kansas roads reopen as wind subsides

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COLBY, Kan. (AP) -- Major highways have reopened in northwest Kansas after being shut down because of high winds and blowing dust.

The Kansas Department of Transportation closed Interstate 70 from Colby to the Colorado border at mid-afternoon Thursday. Sections of Kansas 27 and U.S. Highways 36 and 83 in Sherman, Cheyenne, Rawlins, Thomas and Sheridan counties were also closed for a time.

But the wind subsided as darkness fell, allowing the highways to reopen.

In Goodland, the National Weather Service reported winds of 45 mph with gusts up to 55 mph Thursday afternoon. Similar gusts were reported throughout the region, and authorities in Cheyenne County blamed the wind for a tractor-trailer rollover on U.S. 36 west of St. Francis.


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The combination of dust and wind is causing big problems in parts of Kansas.

I-70 is closed from Colby west to Burlington, Colorado due to high winds and blowing dust. There are some reports of visibility down to zero.

Sections of Kansas 27 and U.S. Highways 36 and 83 in Sherman, Cheyenne, Rawlins, Thomas and Sheridan counties were also closed.

Wind gusts have topped 60 miles per hour. Winds of similar speeds throughout the area kicked up heavy dust and threatened to blow vehicles off roads. Authorities in Cheyenne County reported the wind caused a tractor-trailer to roll over on U.S. 36 west of St. Francis.

KAKE meteorologist Jay Prater said the winds should die down after sunset.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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