Archive for Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Major storm could affect Kansas highways

December 27, 2006


The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is advising motorists across Kansas to be aware that another major winter storm is developing in western states and could affect travel in parts of Kansas beginning Thursday, Dec. 28.

Be prepared before traveling and find out the latest Kansas weather-related road conditions by calling 511 from anywhere in Kansas, or 1-866-511-KDOT (5368) from anywhere in the U.S. The same information is available through KDOT's Web site, - click on "Road Conditions" under the 511 logo. State and regional maps can be seen with written information available by clicking on Text Reports.

"It may be necessary to close Kansas roads because of adverse conditions in Colorado or because of no vacant hotel rooms for motorists to seek shelter, as well as for blizzard conditions in our state," said KDOT Northwest District Engineer Chriss McDiffett. "KDOT and the Kansas Highway Patrol work together monitoring adverse road conditions in Kansas and surrounding states to help the traveling public."

KDOT uses portable variable message boards in central and eastern Kansas to alert motorists of road closures. "These boards help alert motorists so they can make alternate plans before reaching the inclement weather areas," McDiffett said.

According to the National Weather Service, a major storm is developing over the western part of the U.S. The storm has the potential of producing heavy snowfall over northeastern and north central Colorado Thursday and Friday. Snow is also possible in western Kansas starting Thursday night. Strong winds are possible which could produce widespread blowing and drifting snow. The National Weather Service predicts the storm could continue into the weekend.

If you are traveling and need roadside assistance, cellular phone users can call *582 for assistance on the Kansas Turnpike Authority and *47 for assistance on all other highway routes.

For Colorado road condition information, call 303-639-1111 or go to the Web site,


lastcall4oh 11 years, 3 months ago

beautiful downtown topeka...kind of an oxymoron isn't it?

budwhysir 11 years, 3 months ago

Politicaly speaking, does this mean we will need to cancel school here in lawrence? If so we should get the ball rolling early so we are able to make a decision when the time comes

imagold 11 years, 3 months ago

No, this is not a public safety warning, it is a call to run to the grocery store and stock up for absolutely no reason. This storm warning has been brought to you by the letters D-I-L-L-O-N-S and the numbers 10-4-$10.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 3 months ago

wow, no dark suspicious bush and company, or council on foreign relations conspiracy blamed for this snow storm? did bush cause the huge snow storm as he caused the flooding in New Orleans?

c'mon you people are slackin' off 'round here!

snowWI 11 years, 3 months ago

This storm will probably miss the cities that have received very little snowfall this season like Des Moines, KC, and Minneapolis. Most cities in the plains have had less than 2 inches of snow so far this season.

imagold 11 years, 3 months ago

Hit the hay, Marion. You seem a little tired and cranky this evening. Idiot and stupid? Nah, just having a little fun. Besides, you don't know me well enough to make that assumption. However, I'm tickled you took the time to use a few words in reply.

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