Snow packed highways and icy conditions are causing travel problems in western Kansas.
KDOT is reporting I-70 is now open as of 8:15am Thursday between Wakeeney and th Colorado border. It had been closed earlier due to several accidents. It remains snow packed and icy. The National Weather Service reports the highway is closed in both directions due to numerous slide-off and adverse weather. In addition, US Highway 83 in western Kansas is reported to be ice and snow packed along with US Highway 36 from the Colorado state line to Norton. Those highways remain open and travelers are urged to be cautious on those highways. KDOT is also reporting that US Highway 50 from Lakin to Garden City is closed due to weather, but has since re-opened. At 6am, Atwood in Rawlins County, reported 2.7 inches of snow.
Windy conditions are being reported in many areas. Kansas First News Meteorologist Kyle Borchert is in Junction City. At 8:15, he reported he had to pull over on Interstate 70 because of the high winds and is reporting that are some cars in the ditch that appear to have been blown off the road. Riley and Geary county authorities are working numerous accidents around Manhattan and Junction City
KVOE Radio in Emporia reports residents of southeast Lyon County and central Chase County are without power Thursday morning. The Lyon County outage was reported to KVOE around 6:10 am. Lyon-Coffey Electric says weather is responsible for the outage. KVOE Radio, says the utility has not yet said where the outage is centered, how many customers may be affected or how widespread the outage is. Also, Westar Energy is working to restore power in northern Strong City after an outage developed there overnight. Close to 40 customers are currently without power