Stretch of I-70 reopens after winter-weather-related closure

KanDrive view of Kanorado, Kansas, looking east from the Kansas/Colorado state line.
KanDrive view of Kanorado, Kansas, looking east from the Kansas/Colorado state line.(Kansas Highway Patrol)
Published: Mar. 21, 2022 at 4:50 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: The Kansas Department of Transportation reports it has reopened westbound I-70 at WaKeeney.

Update: The Kansas Department of Transportation reports westbound Interstate 70 is now closed at WaKeeney, in Trego County, due to winter weather conditions in Colorado.

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.

Update: The Kansas Department of Transportation reports westbound Interstate 70 is now closed at Oakley due to winter weather conditions in Colorado.

“Motorists traveling west are advised to use alternate routes or delay travel if possible,” KDOT advises.

The calendar might say it’s spring, but for areas in Kansas and Colorado, Monday is not ideal for flowers waiting to bloom or animals waking up from long winter naps. In parts of western Kansas and Colorado, a wintry situation causing safety concerns on major highways prompted the clousure of westbound Interstate 70 at Goodland, about 20 miles east of the state line.

On the Kansas side, a powerful low-pressure system is expected to produce widespread rain, some snow and a lot of wind through the middle of the week.

“Accumulations of snow should be limited to grassy areas, but some roads may be slushy early Tuesday as temperatures hover near freezing,” Storm Team 12 Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen reported Monday.

News outlets including CBS 4 in Denver, report a storm moving from eastern New Mexico inot central Kansas would produce high wind and locally heavy snow on Colorado’s southeastern plains. The station reports the heaviest snow expected to fall during Monday afternoon into the early evening hours.

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