TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Driving remains challenging in northeast Kansas as workers struggle to keep roads clear of snow driven by strong winds.
Interstate 70, which was closed on Wednesday, was reopened across the state early Thursday. But Kansas 25 from Atwood to the Nebraska border and U.S. 183 near Phillipsburg remain closed.
Kimberly Qualls, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Transportation, told KMBC-TV that many roads were snow packed and travel remains difficult, particularly in northeast Kansas. She says the high winds were blowing snow back onto roads as soon as it's removed, causing several vehicles to slide off roads.
More than 30 schools called off classes across the state, with some opening late.
This Afternoon - Sunny skies and improving conditions on the roads. Cold. High 30. Winds NW 15-35mph. Wind chills in the teens.
Friday - Sunny. Highs in the upper 30s and low 40s.
Saturday - Sunny. Highs in the low/mid 40s.
Sunday - Sunny. Highs in the upper 30s/low 40s.
It will turn MUCH colder next week with a chance of snow showers on Christmas Day.
Westar Energy reported as many as 13,000 power outages across the state as of 5:57 a.m. Thursday. Here is the latest outage information: https://www-11.westarenergy.com/outagemaps/outagetable.asp
The following routes are currently still closed
*U.S. 183 from the I-70 Junction to the Nebraska State Line
*K-383 from the U.S. 183 Junction to the Sheridan/Thomas County Line
*U.S. 83 from the Nebraska State Line to the U.S. 24 Junction East of Colby
*U.S. 24 from I-70 to the U.S. 83 Junction
*K-25 from Colby to the Nebraska State Line
*U.S. 40 from Sharon Springs to the Colorado State Line
*K-27 from Goodland to the Nebraska State Line
*K-161 from the U.S. 36 Junction to the Nebraska State Line
As of 7:00 a.m. Thursday all lanes of eastbound and westbound US-36 from Wathena to the Kansas/Missouri state line in Doniphan County NOW CLOSED due to multiple slide-offs and poor visibility from adverse near blizzard conditions in the area.
Winter weather conditions may still adversely impact travel. Please use extreme caution while driving in winter conditions.
Follow all road closures and current road conditions on the following websites: www.Kandrive.org or click the 511 icon on www.ksdot.org. Drivers may also call 511 to get the same updates.