Winter Storm Hit Western Kansas

With two dogs to help out, an unidentified homeowner clears his walks after a winter storm dumped up to six inches of snow on the metropolitan area to give Denver a white Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007. Forecasters predict that the winter storm will sweep through the region on Tuesday and dump up to four inches more snow before heading on to the eastern plains of Colorado. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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COLBY, Kan. (AP) _ A winter storm hit western Kansas on Thursday, forcing several school closings.

The storm, which included 50 mph winds, dumped about 2 inches of snow in the region. School closings were reported Thursday in Goodland, Colby, Bird City-Cheylin, Brewster and St. Francis.

Kelly James, a meteorologist with Goodland's National Weather Service, said visibility was reduced to about a half mile during the storms.

Midwest Energy says there haven't been any reports of extensive damage to power lines or electricity outages in the area.

In addition to the wind and snow, flood warnings have been issued for several Kansas counties. But the weekend forecast calls for highs near 70.

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