The Latest: More of I-70 closes in Kansas; churches close

Published 02-23-2019

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GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) - The Latest on winter weather moving through Kansas on Saturday (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Kansas transportation officials have closed Interstate 70 from Salina in east-central Kansas to the Colorado border as a blizzard moves through the state.

Officials earlier had closed a 25-mile segment from Hayes to Russell as heavy snow and howling winds covered the roadway and led to multiple crashes. The majority of the interstate in Kansas was later closed as blizzard conditions made driving too dangerous. Many other roads and highways in the state also were closed, and officials urged people to stay inside.

Businesses and services also closed as the blizzard swept northeastward into Nebraska and Iowa later in the day Saturday. Dozens of churches across Kansas canceled Sunday services.

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1:40 p.m.

Blizzard conditions have led authorities to close a section of Interstate 70 in central Kansas.

A 25-mile stretch of the interstate from Hayes to Russell was closed Saturday as heavy snow and high winds cut visibility to zero and led to several crashes. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The Kansas Department of Transportation's road conditions website also showed surrounding highways and roads closed and completely covered in snow.

The western town of Leoti reported 7 inches of snow by midday Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for much of the state, as well as for

1:40 p.m.

Blizzard conditions have led authorities to close a section of Interstate 70 in central Kansas.

A 25-mile stretch of the interstate from Hayes to Russell was closed Saturday as heavy snow and high winds cut visibility to zero and led to several crashes. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The Kansas Department of Transportation's road conditions website also showed surrounding highways and roads closed and completely covered in snow.

The western town of Leoti reported 7 inches of snow by midday Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for much of the state, as well as for large sections of eastern Nebraska and western and northern Iowa. The advisories will remain in effect until Sunday.

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9:50 a.m.

Heavy snow and high winds have hit western Kansas as a blizzard makes its way from the Rockies into the Great Plains, including Nebraska and Iowa.

Wichita telev

A 25-mile stretch of the interstate from Hayes to Russell was closed Saturday as heavy snow and high winds cut visibility to zero and led to several crashes. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The Kansas Department of Transportation's road conditions website also showed surrounding highways and roads closed and completely covered in snow.

The western town of Leoti reported 7 inches of snow by midday Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for much of the state, as well as for large sections of eastern Nebraska and western and northern Iowa. The advisories will remain in effect until Sunday.

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9:50 a.m.

Heavy snow and high winds have hit western Kansas as a blizzard makes its way from the Rockies into the Great Plains, including Nebraska and Iowa.

Wichita television station KAKE reports that Garden City in western Kansas had already seen nearly 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) of snow by midmorning Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for much of the state, as well as for eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, that will remain in effect until Sunday.

The weather service says winds gusting to nearly 60 mph (96.56 kph) will cause whiteout conditions in those areas and make driving and other travel extremely dangerous. Officials also fear high winds could cause tree damage and lead to power outages as temperatures drop below freezing.

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