I-70 reopened in western Kansas after winter storm hits

December 27, 2018 - 9:20 pm

Officials have reopened a stretch of Interstate 70 in western Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says the major east-west route from Goodland to Wakeeney is now open in both directions. The agency closed the route because of poor visibility and wrecks as a winter storm hits.

Portions of the highway are still partially or completely covered in snow.

The National Weather Service has issued a combination of blizzard warnings, winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories in about three dozen counties. Forecasts are calling for ice and up to 2 to 12 inches of snow. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph also are possible, creating whiteout conditions.

Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of disaster Wednesday in anticipation of the storm.

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