Third fatality confirmed in winter storm

The Kansas Highway Patrol has reported a third fatality as a result of the recent winter storm which moved into Kansas early Tuesday morning.

Kansas Highway Patrol officials say the death resulted from a two-vehicle injury accident that occurred Tuesday morning at 7:49 in Harvey County on I-135 just north of Hesston. The accident appears to be weather-related. The driver of one of the vehicles, a 58 year old man from Mound Ridge, was taken to an area hospital and died overnight from his injuries, according to Maj. John Eichkorn, Kansas Highway Patrol.

Two other fatalities were reported Feb. 4 in Crawford County when two cars collided south of Pittsburg on U.S. 69. The driver in one car, a 59 year old woman from Pittsburg, and a passenger in the other car, a 67 year old woman from Parson, were both killed. Kansas Highway Patrol officials say weather appears to be a factor in the collision.

State EOC and Kansas National Guard remain activated

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management’s State Emergency Operations Center remains activated, however, it will deactivate at 3p.m. today, going from 24-hour operations to normal operations.

Nine Kansas National Guard teams deployed Tuesday evening, standing by to assist communities with transporting emergency and medical personnel and assist stranded motorists. The teams consist of two humvees and four Soldiers each to transport emergency and medical personnel and assist stranded motorists. The teams have been standing by to help in Dodge City, Emporia, Hays, Hiawatha, Iola, Kansas City, Kan., Salina, Topeka and Wichita. Their mission will conclude at noon. As of late morning today, counties have not requested the Guard’s assistance.

Current snowfall totals for Kansas are:

· Northwest –up to six inches

· Southwest – up to nine inches

· North Central – two to 13 inches

· South Central – two to 12 inches

· Northeast/Kansas City Metro – up to 14 inches

· Southeast – up to eight inches

In addition to heavy snows, wind chill factors are pushing the temperatures to as much as 30 degrees below zero in parts of the state.

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