Bad Weather in Colorado Shuts I-70 from Oakley to the Colorado Border

GOODLAND, Kan. (AP) _ The second severe winter storm to hit Colorado in the past week is shutting down highways in western Kansas.

Highway officials say I-70 from Oakley to the Colorado line, U-S 40 west of Sharon Springs, U.S. 24 west of Colby; U.S. 36 west of St. Francis; westbound U.S. 50 west of Syracuse to the state line; westbound K-96 from Tribune to the state line; westbound U.S. 160 from Johnson City to the state line; and K-27 between Tribune and U.S. 36 at Wheeler.

K-Dot spokesman Ron Kaufman said the roads are being closed before the worst of the weather arrives because conditions in Colorado are so bad. More closings are expected in western Kansas as the day progresses.

Forecasters say freezing rain in western Kansas is expected to change to snow, with blizzard conditions anticipated by late tonight. Six to 18 inches of snow are forecast for several counties in western Kansas.

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