Kansas slowly digs out from heavy snow, cold

A student walks up the steps of Watson Library on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Classes are canceled due to severe weather.   A major winter storm brought heavy snow Tuesday across much of Kansas, threatening the Topeka area with up to a foot of snow.  Kansas government ground to a halt as lawmakers postponed legislative work and state departments urged their workers to stay home. Schools throughout the state canceled classes.  (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A student walks up the steps of Watson Library on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Classes are canceled due to severe weather. A major winter storm brought heavy snow Tuesday across much of Kansas, threatening the Topeka area with up to a foot of snow. Kansas government ground to a halt as lawmakers postponed legislative work and state departments urged their workers to stay home. Schools throughout the state canceled classes. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas residents began the slow process of digging out from a thick blanket of snow, leaving behind closed schools, slick streets and bitter temperatures.

 

The snow had stopped falling by early Tuesday as the storm moved toward the New England states. The National Weather Service said snowfall totals included 9 inches in Wichita and more than a foot in Topeka and surrounding cities.

Temperatures for Wednesday were forecast to stay under 10 degrees for much of the state, accompanied by wind chills well below zero.

Gov. Sam Brownback, who took to a snow plow during the storm Tuesday, closed state government for a second day. Most schools and universities also remained closed on Tuesday.

 

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