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Archive for Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Kansas closes roads because of storm

December 19, 2012

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TOPEKA — Portions of two major highways in northwestern Kansas have been closed because of hazardous winter weather conditions.

A powerful storm moving out of the Rockies on Wednesday created near blizzard conditions in portions of the state. Transportation officials closed sections of Interstate 70 and U.S. 36. Blowing snow also contributed to a crash that closed Kansas 96 between Tribune and Leoti.

At least two school districts canceled Wednesday classes ahead of the storm. In Goodland, the National Weather Service predicted just 1 to 3 inches of snow from Interstate 70 south, with slightly higher amounts near the Nebraska border. But forecasters warned that wind gusts of up to 50 mph would make travel difficult.

Snow is expected to spread eastward, reaching Topeka and Lawrence late Wednesday before ending early Thursday.

Comments

Pal 1 year, 12 months ago

I love SUVs!

Howz those greenie cars working today? Like the Priuses's and Smart'y pants snow pups?

appleaday 1 year, 12 months ago

Thanks for asking. I drive a Prius and started to drive to KC but turned around at the rest stop on the turnpike after seeing at least 10 vehicles in the ditch, most of them larger cars and SUVs. At the rest stop, there was a big pileup involving a semi and quite a few cars of all sizes. When I got back on the turnpike and was headed back towards Lawrence, a van sped by, had to brake, spun out, and rolled over in the ditch. The emergency crews still working the pileup had to walk over to check him out. If I drive at a reasonable rate of speed and keep the recommended distance away from cars in front of me, I do fine. I get a little tired of dodging the SUV/Pickup truck drivers who think they can go fast because they have a big machine.

orbiter 1 year, 12 months ago

ME BIG MAN WIF BIG TRUCK, ROAR! YOU WITTLE DUMMY WIF WITTLE CAR! HAHA. ME BETTER THAN YOU. ME CANT GET ENUFF OF DICTATOR JUICE. ME SOOOO BIG!!!!

progressive_thinker 1 year, 12 months ago

Been commuting in a front wheel drive subcompact for over 30 years, even on days when schools and state offices are closed. I have never been stuck, never been in a ditch, and never had a problem. Thanks for your concern though.

Richard Payton 1 year, 12 months ago

Part of I-29 North was closed today. In Kansas City the eastbound ramp to I-435 on I-35 headed south was closed.

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