Blizzard causes travel, power problems in northwest Kansas

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WAKEENEY, Kan. (AP) -

Highways, including I-70, are re-opening after a blizzard hit Northwest Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has reopened I-70 from WaKeeney to the Colorado border as of 12:30 CST. The following roads have also been reopened:

  • U.S. 40 from Oakley to the Colorado border
  • U.S. 83 from Scott City to Oakley
  • K-25 from U.S. 40 to Colby
  • K-27 from Sharon Springs to Goodland

Midwest Energy reported about 2,300 customers, mostly between Oakley and Colby, were without power as of 10:30 a.m. Most of the damage was in Victoria.

School districts across the region canceled classes for the day.

The snow began in Kansas Sunday night and the National Weather Service forecasts 7-to-12 inches around Colby, Goodland and Hilly City. Hays and Concordia were expected to receive up to 3 inches, with lesser amounts as the snow moves east.

You can click here to check Wichita road conditions and here for a look at road conditions across the state. Get the latest forecast at KAKE.com/weather

KAKE News contributed to this report.


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Forecasters expect a major winter storm to dump snow on most of Nebraska and parts of Iowa and Kansas, and the storm could make travel difficult.

The National Weather Service says the storm is already moving across Nebraska, and blizzard conditions are expected at times. The snow started Saturday evening in western Nebraska and continued Sunday.

Forecasters say 8 inches of snow could fall on central and northeastern parts of Nebraska. Southeast Nebraska and parts of Iowa will see more freezing rain and wintery mix.

The storm will also drop snow on northwest Kansas and northwest Iowa.

Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent John Bolduc says drivers should prepare to deal with potentially hazardous driving conditions over the next couple days. If possible, avoid travel during the storm.
 

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