TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Tens of thousands of people are without power after a spring storm dumped more than a foot of snow across part of western Kansas.
National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Buller says that from 10 to nearly 20 inches fell from Friday night through Sunday afternoon in an approximately 40-mile wide band in northwest and west-central Kansas.
He says the heavy snow, combined with 40 to 60 mph winds, downed tree limbs. Drifts of up to 5 feet were recorded. Kansas Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Katie Horner says about 42,000 electric customers were without power at the height of the storm.
The storm briefly shut down Interstate 70, and other roads remained closed Monday. National Guard teams have been called out at least 40 times to rescue stranded motorists.
Kansans can dial 5-1-1 from your mobile phone anywhere to obtain winter road conditions. If you are calling outside of the state, call 1-866-511-5368. You may also view road conditions on the Kansas Department of Transportation website. You can learn more about winter driving tips through the Kansas Highway Patrol.