LIVE BLOG: I-70 reopens in northwest Kansas

(KWCH/AP) Storm Team 12 says Tuesday will be quiet in the Wichita area, but northwest Kansas will be buried under several inches of snow. Find the latest updates on road conditions below:

(Source: Kansas Department of Transportation)

Update 6:05 p.m., Nov. 26, 2019

Interstate 70 reopens as a winter storm finally begins to at least show signs of easing its grip on northwest Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says US-40 from Oakley to the Colorado line is also back open, but drivers still need to take it slow as roads may be snow-packed and icy in some areas.

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5:30 p.m.

Hotels in Goodland are booked with travelers waiting out the storm that dropped several inches of snow and led to major road closures in northwest Kansas.

Quality Inn hotel manager Sheryl Cannon, in Goodland, is one of several people in her community helping stranded travelers as they wait for their chance to move on down the road. Cannon says the hotel was booked by about 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

"Well, even before that, we started booking up, because I-70 was closed all the way from the state line all the way past Denver," Cannon says. "So anybody headed west, we had stayovers and people starting to come in."

Tuesday was also busy for Kansas Department of Transportation workers who spent the day plowing snow-covered roads.

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4:30 p.m.

Interstate 70 is now closed from Hays to the Colorado border because of the winter storm that dropped several inches of snow in north and northwest Kansas. Farther west, both directions of the interstate remained closed from Colby to the state line.

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3:40 p.m.

I-70 has been closed from Oakley to the Colorado border because of winter weather conditions.

The following routes also remain closed:

U.S. 24 from Colby to Levant
U.S. 36 from Atwood to the Colorado border
U.S. 40 from Oakley to the Colorado border
K-27 from Sharon Springs to the Nebraska border
K-161 from Bird City to the Nebraska border

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.

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1:20 p.m.

I-70 has been closed in both directions from Colby to the Colorado border because of winter weather conditions. K-27 has also been closed from Sharon Springs to the Nebraska border.

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.

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1:10 p.m.

Winter weather conditions have caused the closure of several roads in northwest Kansas. Road closures as of 1 p.m. CST include:

Westbound I-70 at Goodland
Westbound U.S. 36 at St. Francis
Westbound U.S. 40 at Oakley
K-27 in Sherman County

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11:18 a.m.

Westbound I-70 has been closed at Goodland because of winter weather conditions. Westbound U.S. 36 at St. Francis and U.S. 40 at Sharon Springs 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.

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A winter storm has clipped the northwest corner of Kansas, closing roads and some schools in a largely rural area.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says sections of Interstate 70, U.S. 36 and U.S. 40 near the state’s western border with Colorado were closed Tuesday, while other roads in the area are partially or completely snow-covered. The department urged drivers to avoid travel if possible as conditions worsen.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for nine Kansas counties and winter weather advisories for several more. Forecasters predicted accumulations of 5 to 10 inches (12.7 to 25.4 centimeters).

Elsewhere, more than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow had fallen in northern Colorado and about a foot (30 centimeters) fell in southern parts of Wyoming by midmorning.

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