I-70 reopens after winter storm in northwest Kansas

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COLBY, Kan. (KAKE) -

Interstate 70 has reopened in northwest Kansas after blizzard conditions closed schools and made travel dangerous.

The National Weather Service says snow and wind gust as high as 55 mph would create whiteout conditions Thursday. Drivers were urged to stay home and bring a winter survival kit with them if they must travel.

The Kansas Department of Transportation said many roads were partially or completely snow covered. Interstate 70 was closed in both directions between Oakley and WaKeeney because of multiple crashes blocking the roadway Thursday morning. KDOT later closed westbound I-70 from Hays to Oakley and eastbound from Colby to Oakley. 

The interstate was reopened at around 1:45 p.m.

Among the districts calling off classes was Colby Public Schools. The districts said in a tweet announcing the closure, "Yes, it is morning and you could tell if you could see out your door which you can't, because of the SNOW in APRIL!"

Check Wichita road conditions at WichWay.org and check road conditions across the state at KanDrive.org.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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