by Jim Grawe
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
10:02 PM CST, December 19, 2012
(ELLIS COUNTY, Kan.)
Travelers heading west are warned that roadblocks are ahead.
The Kansas Department of Transportation moved the I-70 closure further east as the day went on, because it leads right into the first winter storm of the season.
At the rest area near Ellsworth, Chad Teats and his family stopped to figure out what to do. Their trip from Fort Riley to Colorado Springs just got a little more complicated.
"We knew the storm was coming, but we didn't know the roads were going to be closed," Teats says. "We're just going to have to re-route and see if there's a safer route."
Some travelers, including Natereace Strong, didn't even realize a storm was on the radar. En route from St. Louis to Denver for a family emergency, he's not sure what to do now.
"It's shocking, because we're far away from home now," Strong says. "We can't turn around and go back home. It's not just around the corner. So we might have to keep going through and find a nice hotel or something."
There's a lot of looking at maps and smartphones for forecasts and directions, as the first winter storm of the season disrupts travel across Western Kansas.
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