LIVE BLOG: I-70 re-opened from Goodland to the Colorado border

COLBY, Kan. Saturday, April 14

5:20 p.m.

Meteorologist Sarah Fletcher says it will stay cool through the end of the weekend, but warmer weather will arrive in just a few days.


4 p.m.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has re-opened I-70 from Goodland to the Colorado border.


2:30 p.m.

Meteorologist Sarah Fletcher says light snow continues to fall in north central Kansas, but it will taper off this evening. With wind gusts over 40 mph, blowing snow will reduce visibility.


12:30 p.m.
The Kansas Department of Transportation has closed I-70 from Goodland to the Colorado border as of 12:20 p.m. CDT because of winter weather conditions in Colorado. U.S. 36 from St. Francis to the Colorado border also remains closed.

10:55 a.m.
US-36 from Atwood to St. Francis and K-27 from Goodland to the Nebraska border have re-opened.

9:17 a.m.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has reopened I-70 west of Goodland as of 9 a.m. U.S. 40 west of Sharon Springs has also been reopened.

7:23 a.m.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has reopened U.S. 83 north of Oberlin and K-161 north of Bird City as of 7:15 CDT.

The following roads remain closed in northwest Kansas:

I-70 from Goodland to the Colorado border
U.S. 36 from Atwood to the Colorado border
U.S. 40 from Sharon Springs to the Colorado border
K-27 from Goodland to the Nebraska border

For up-to-date information on road closures and road conditions, call 511 in Kansas or 866-511-5368 outside Kansas, or check travel information online at kandrive.org>.

Morning update

Blizzard warnings, a winter weather advisory and high wind warnings and advisories continue across Kansas.

I-70 remains closed at Goodland after a spring snowstorm in the northwest part of the state.

Winds gusting at 60 to 70 mph will create whiteout condition in parts of the state blowing and drifting snow.

Teams from the Kansas National Guard are on standby to help drivers who may get stuck on the highway.

Several counties have already issued declarations for the blizzard conditions which allows the state aid to come in faster.

The winter storm will continue to move east throughout the day into tonight. Winds and wintry weather will diminish by evening for most areas of Kansas.

Additional snow accumulations (while hard to measure due to the wind) will generally be in the 1-3" category for areas north of I-70.

Emergency officials say if you don't have to travel in the area, stay indoors. You can check road conditions across the state at kandrive.org>.

Friday, April 13

Late night Friday

K-DOT adds another road closure as travel conditions worsen with a blizzard in northwest Kansas. K-161 is closed from Bird City to the Nebraska border.

The following roads also remain closed in northwest Kansas:
I-70 from Goodland to the Colorado border
U.S. 36 from Atwood to the Colorado border
U.S. 83 from Oberlin to the Nebraska border
K-27 from Goodland to the Nebraska border

You can keep up with road conditions and check travel information here: kandrive.com

Friday night, motels in Colby were approaching capacity as westbound travel on I-70 becomes impossible. The snow continues to fly across northwest Kansas where the threat of widespread power outages come with area road closures.

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9:15 p.m.

The blowing snow in northwest Kansas is causing a lot of travel headaches with several highway and road closures, including a portion of Interstate 70 from Goodland to Colorado.

Snow in the Atwood area has fallen for several hours. In Goodland, wind gusts of 61 mph were reported. That powerful wind and snow isn't expected to let up into later in the day Saturday.

The forecast still predicts three to six inches of snow to fall in much of northwest to north central Kansas, including in Goodland, Colby and Hill City. Hays is only expected to receive one to three inches of snow, but is included near the eastern edge of the blizzard warning in place until Saturday evening.

The amounts taper off as you head south and east. Out west, Garden City and Dodge City can expect about a trace of snow, as can Hutchinson and Wichita in central/south central Kansas.

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8 p.m.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has closed U.S. 36 from Atwood to the Colorado border. Three to six inches of blowing snow is forecast to fall in northwest Kansas by midday Saturday.

Those winds of more than 60 mph could lead to power outages in northern Kansans through the overnight hours into early Saturday. Blowing snow is the biggest concern with winds of about 60 mph expected in several

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6:30 p.m.

The road closures continue as a blast of winter weather impacts northwest Kansas. The Kansas Department of Transportation now reports it's closed U.S. 83 from Oberlin to the Nebraska border and K-27 from Goodland to Wheeler.

You can keep up with road conditions and check travel information here: kandrive.com

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6 p.m.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says it's closed Interstate 70 from Goodland to the Colorado border due to winter weather conditions expected to continue into Saturday evening.

U.S. 36 from St. Francis to the Colorado border and K-27 from the west U.S. 36 junction to the Nebraska border also remain closed.

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5:45 p.m.

Kansas Department of Transportation crews are on standby in case Interstate 70 needs to be closed Friday night or Saturday morning due to blizzard conditions expected in several northwest Kansas counties.

A Kansas National Guard team also is on standby to help stranded drivers.

KDOT advises that anyone trying to get to northwest Kansas tonight is not likely going to make it. The best bet for many motorists headed west will be to find a place to stay.

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers advise people to stay off the roads in northwest Kansas Friday night. Hotels in Colby are getting busy and managers say they expect to reach full capacity by nightfall.

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5 p.m.

Snow is beginning to fall in northwest Kansas as several counties remain in a blizzard warning until Saturday evening.

A wind gust of 74 mph was reported in Burlington, Colo. where Interstate 70 is closed. The list of road closures are expected on increase. That intense wind accompanied with up to half-of-a-foot of snowfall is what brings about the blizzard threat.

The rain-snow line in northwest Kansas is extending toward Leoti in Wichita County, gradually moving south and southeast.

Blizzard warnings extend as far east as Hays, Widespread power outages could be a possible by Saturday morning. The line expecting three to six inches of snow extends from from northwest Kansas to a little west of Concordia in north central Kansas.

Lighter amounts of snow are expected the further south and east you go. The Wichita area can expect about a trace of snow Saturday when temperatures plummet.

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Current weather forecasts predict blizzard conditions in much of Northwest Kansas today through Saturday. The region could see snowfall from one to seven inches with hurricane force winds gusts up to 80 mph.

Travel is expected to be dangerous and at times impossible throughout much of Northwestern Kansas including Goodland, Colby and Hill City. Damage to power lines may occur. High winds may cause blow over of high profile vehicles. Some roads are expected to drift shut.
Kansas Division of Emergency Management officials are urging Kansans to avoid travel if possible.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says I-70 has closed from Limon to the Kansas state line, U.S. 36 from St. Francis to the Colorado border and K-27 from the west U.S. 36 junction to the Nebraska border because of winter weather conditions.


The following schools plan to dismiss class early: St. Francis (12:15 p.m.), Oberlin (1:30 p.m.) and Triplains (3 p.m.)

If you must travel, include a car emergency kit in your vehicle and be sure to alert someone that you are departing and advise them of your route and expected arrival time. Let this person know when you have arrived safely at your destination.

A car emergency kit should weather appropriate clothing; bottled water for everyone; nonperishable, high-energy snack items; flashlights and batteries; a battery-operated radio; blankets; a compact snow shovel; extra medications; signal flares and other emergency supplies to allow you to survive until help can arrive. It is also advisable to fill your gas tank before you start, check engine fluid levels and tire pressure, and to make sure your cell phone is fully charged.

If you stay home, it is a good idea to make sure your home emergency kit is well-stocked, too, due to the possibility of power failures.

To keep abreast of current weather conditions, go to www.weather.gov. For more winter weather preparedness tips, go online to www.ksready.gov, www.ready.gov or call your county emergency management office.

State road and travel conditions may be accessed at the Kansas Department of Transportation KanDrive website www.kandrive.org or on a mobile device, go to 511mm.ksdot.org. You may also call 5-1-1 from any phone.

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Thursday, April 12

You could see snow in your weekend forecast.

If you live in Northwest Kansas, expect blizzard conditions anytime from Friday at noon until Saturday night.

Expect road closures Friday night to Saturday morning with heavy winds, of more than 60 mph.

Those winds may blow snow into Friday night or Saturday.

The best chance for snow accumulation will be north of I-70 where some 3-6 inch amounts is expected.

With strong winds out of the north, Saturday will be cold, especially out west with the lingering snow chances. Afternoon temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s with wind chills down in the 20s. Snow should taper off later Saturday afternoon.