Winter weather impacting travel in western Kansas, I-70 back open

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Numerous roads in northwest and north-central Kansas are partially or completely snow covered after a storm dumped more than 5 inches of snow across the region.

A stretch of I-70 is open again Wednesday after temporarily closing Tuesday at the height of the storm. Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Tod Hileman urged drivers in a tweet to “Stay put,” adding that it “doesn’t look like fun!” Many travelers took the advice, filling hotels in the area.

The National Weather Service says some of the heaviest accumulations were in Goodland, where 7.5 inches fell, and north of the small village of McDonald, where 9.5 inches was on the ground.

The storm also wreaked havoc in other states, including Wyoming and Nebraska.

KDOT urges drivers to check road conditions at KanDrive.org

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Road closures in western Kansas due to winter weather will impact holiday travel this week.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has closed I-70 west at Hays, with no word on when it will re-open. Colorado officials are reporting I-70 is also closed from the Kansas border all the way to Denver.

A winter storm is impacting western Kansas and much of Colorado into Nebraska.

Other closures include:

• 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

Conditions are not expected to get any better any time soon, with snow fall totals reaching over a foot in some areas.

You can find current road conditions at KanDrive.org