Kansas highways are all open again, but they're still very slick

Snow road closed by MGN.
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GOODLAND, Kan. (AP) — Please drive safe! Winter weather sweeping through the western part of the state and moving into northeast Kansas is forced multiple closures of many roads and highways throughout the day.

"Do not drive if not absolutely necessary," they said.

You can find the latest road conditions and closures on KDOT's KanDrive website.

KDOT had also closed Interstate 70 from Colby to the Colorado border because of winter weather conditions in Colorado and expected snow in western Kansas. That stretch of Interstate reopened shortly after 5 p.m.

On Tuesday evening, drivers heading west on I-70 near Manhattan were being diverted onto K-177 after Kansas Highway Patrol troopers closed a ten mile stretch of the Interstate

In Geary Co., multiple slide-offs and wrecks had spurred the Sheriff's Office to close I-70 at mile marker 292 around 12:30 p.m. and divert traffic onto K-77. In other locations along the Interstate, traffic was at a near standstill because of wrecks.

According to the Nemaha Co. Sheriff's Office, U.S. 75 from U.S. 36, just north of Sabetha, all of the way to the Nebraska state line had been closed down.

The National Weather Service says snow accumulations of 1 to 5 inches are possible, with ice and winds gusting up to 50 mph. The storm was expected to continue moving east into Missouri Tuesday evening

The Topeka and Riley Co. Police Departments as well as Shawnee and Geary Co. Sheriff's Offices have activated their emergency accident reporting procedures, in which they will only respond to injury accidents, hit-and-runs, wrecks, that left a vehicle disabled, DUIs, etc.