Winter storm slams W. Kansas, some snowfall totals top 25 inches
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Tuesday night, Jan. 25, 2022: What’s left of the snowstorm that dumped more than two feet in a couple far western Kansas counties began to taper off Tuesday night, but with cold temperatures forecast over the next few days, melting won’t happen quickly.
While Interstate 70 reopened earlier Tuesday evening with the storm finally letting up, the impact on travel continued into late Tuesday night. Highways in southwest Kansas were also impacted by the snow. US-54 closed earlier Tuesday evening after a semi crash. For a few hours, this stranded some travelers in Pratt.
Even though Pratt only saw a few inches of snow, it still caused trouble for some travelers, including truck drivers who waited at a local Walmart for highway conditions to improve. In Kiowa County, one crash on Highway 54 shut down the highway for hours.
Looking ahead, some light snow or flurries may show up in southwest Kansas early Wednesday, but gradually there will be more sunshine heading into the afternoon. A significant warmup is likely to arrive by the weekend with widespread 50s on the way. Over the snow cover, highs will only be able to reach the 40s.
6:35 p.m. Update: The Kansas Department of Transportation has reopened westbound I-70 at Colby. U.S 40 from the Colorado border to Oakley and K-27 in Sherman and Wallace counties remain closed.
Drivers are reminded to slow down and use extra caution while traveling in winter weather conditions.
For the latest information on road closures and conditions, visit www.kandrive.org, or call 511 in Kansas or 866-511-5368 outside Kansas.
Storm Team 12 says the snow will begin to taper off Tuesday night, but some portions of western Kansas will be left to dig out. As of 5:30 p.m., the town of Weskan, which is located in Wallace County, reported 27 inches of snow.
3:45 p.m. Update - The Dodge City Police Department has implemented emergency accident reporting procedures. That means officers will not respond to accidents involving property damage only. If there is an injury, a vehicle is disabled in the roadway, or there is suspected impairment we will respond. If it is an accident involving property damage only please exchange information and report the accident to us when weather conditions improve.
3:35 p.m. Update: Garden City police are asking people to stay at home if they don’t have to travel. The police department said, as of 1:30 p.m., its officers had responded to numerous accidents around town due to the deteriorating weather.
3 p.m. Update: The Kansas Department of Transportation has closed westbound I-70 at Goodland because of winter weather conditions in Colorado. Drivers traveling west are advised to use alternate routes or delay travel if possible.
U.S. 40 from the Colorado border to Oakley and K-27 in Sherman and Wallace counties are also closed.
For up-to-date information on road closures and road conditions, visit www.kandrive.org, or call 511 in Kansas or 866-511-5368 outside Kansas.
1:30 p.m. Update: Snow buried portions of western Kansas under a foot of snow on Tuesday. Sharon Springs reported 12 inches as of noon. Heading west, counties reported lesser amounts like 4.5 inches in Goodland, four inches in St. Francis and three inches in Oakley.
The snow led to multiple road closures in the northwestern part of the state. The Kansas Department of Transportation says K-27 is closed in Sherman and Wallace counties due to a number of crashes blocking the road. The public is asked to delay travel or find alternative routes.
Trooper Tod Hileman with the Kansas Highway Patrol also shared a progression of the road conditions as you go west, From Ellsworth County to Sherman County, you can see the snow begin to pile up.
The Kansas Department of Transportation said Tuesday morning that westbound I-70 was closed at Goodland because of winter weather conditions in Colorado.
The KDOT tweet was sent at around 10:50 a.m. Tuesday.
Goodland and other parts of western Kansas are under a winter storm warning until 5 p.m. local time. Some parts of western Kansas are expected to receive up to eight inches of snow.
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