Columbia preparing as parts of northwest Missouri already shutting down from snow

Columbia preparing as parts of northwest Missouri already shutting down from snow

Blizzard-like conditions expected for Mid-Missouri

Blizzard conditions are making travel nearly impossible in parts of Kansas. As of mid-morning, I-70 from Wakeeney to Salina has been closed.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority is also issuing warnings for drivers from South Haven to Kansas City. KAKE meteorologists and reporters have seen jack knifed semi-trucks off the highways, and drivers taking it slow in Wichita. The wind driven snow is making it difficult to see.

MoDOT says you should if possible, remain where you are safe and warm. Travel only if urgent. When crashes are occuring, it is taking hours to clear the lanes with backups measured in multiple miles.

Gov. Jeff Colyer has issued a State of Disaster Emergency declaration for the state in response to the winter storm. The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties. Governor also urging Kansans to avoid traveling if at all possible.

Snow is tapering off in the northwest. That will give crews the opportunity to catch up and more effectively clear lanes. If you remain parked a bit longer, they will be able to make your way safer.

Westbound I-70 closed here at Exit 244 west of Salina. All traffic being turned around here to return to Salina #kswx #blizzard @JayPraterCBM @CatTaylorKAKE pic.twitter.com/WgozEydiIK

If your travel in northern Missouri is urgent, you will not be able to safely operate anywhere near the posted speed limit. Those are set for ideal conditions. Beware of refreezing moisture as well.

Snow is starting to stick to the road and fields here in western Butler County, but the wind isn’t letting it stick in one place for long. #kakenews #kswx pic.twitter.com/OQdXX1fhfn

MOUND CITY, Mo. — MoDOT reopened Missouris portion of Interstate 29 between the Iowa border and Mound City late Sunday evening.

wnad_52.load(); NEWSNewsMore>> Leftover slush may lead to slick parking lots, sidewalks for WichitansLeftover slush may lead to slick parking lots, sidewalks for WichitansAs the temperature continues to drop, the leftover slush could cause problems near sidewalks and parking lots.

As the temperature continues to drop, the leftover slush could cause problems near sidewalks and parking lots.

Wichita State raced out to an early 16-2 lead and never looked back as the Shockers topped Rice 90-61 on Sunday.  

Wichita State raced out to an early 16-2 lead and never looked back as the Shockers topped Rice 90-61 on Sunday.  

With the winter storm blanketing Kansas in high winds and, in some places, record heavy snows, many school districts and universities in the hardest hit places have already canceled classes for Monday.  

With the winter storm blanketing Kansas in high winds and, in some places, record heavy snows, many school districts and universities in the hardest hit places have already canceled classes for Monday.  

The winter storm caught a lot of Americans on the road Sunday, headed home from the Thanksgiving holiday.  Many ended up pulled over at rest stops like the Towanda oasis on the Kansas Turnpike. “Been away for a week now and my time off ends today,” said Joseph Tarpeh, who’s headed to Austin, Minnesota.  “I have to show up for work tomorrow morning.” 

The winter storm caught a lot of Americans on the road Sunday, headed home from the Thanksgiving holiday.  Many ended up pulled over at rest stops like the Towanda oasis on the Kansas Turnpike. “Been away for a week now and my time off ends today,” said Joseph Tarpeh, who’s headed to Austin, Minnesota.  “I have to show up for work tomorrow morning.” 

Wichita State raced out to an early 16-2 lead and never looked back as the Shockers topped Rice 90-61 on Sunday.  

Wichita State raced out to an early 16-2 lead and never looked back as the Shockers topped Rice 90-61 on Sunday.  

Dean Wade scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, Barry Brown added 16 and No. 12 Kansas State beat Lehigh 77-58 on Saturday. 

Dean Wade scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, Barry Brown added 16 and No. 12 Kansas State beat Lehigh 77-58 on Saturday. 

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Blizzard conditions are making travel nearly impossible in parts of Kansas. As of mid-morning, I-70 from Wakeeney to Salina has been closed.

With the winter storm blanketing Kansas in high winds and, in some places, record heavy snows, many school districts and universities in the hardest hit places have already canceled classes for Monday.  

A woman is recovering in the hospital after she was found shot near downtown Wichita Saturday.  

This system will bring a mixture of precipitation to KAKEland along with plenty of cold and snow on what is expected to be a major travel day.

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SUNDAY: We're off to a quiet, slightly warmer start this morning. But things will quickly change throughout the day. A rapidly intensifying storm system is still on track to impact Mid-Missouri today. We'll start out as all rain shortly before midday but as strong winds usher in colder air, we will change that rain over to mostly snow by the afternoon. In addition to helping us changeover to snow, these winds will create whiteout conditions, reducing visibility to a dangerously low distance. Macon and Chariton counties are currently the only two under a Blizzard Warning in Mid-Missouri, but anyone along and northwest of HWY 50 will see blizzard-like conditions this afternoon and evening. This is a situation where roads will become dangerous quickly so avoid travel if at all possible in these location.

TONIGHT: Snow will taper off from west to east into the early morning hours. Winds will relax tonight but you still need to bundle up and cover those exposed areas with wind chills dropping to near 10.

EXTENDED: Cold air sets up shop in Mid-Missouri to start out the work week as daytime highs struggle to get back to freezing Monday and Tuesday. Bundle up if you have any plans at night as lows reach the upper teens to low 20s both nights. Wednesday we get closer to 40 as another disturbance moves in Thursday, bringing the next shot at rain. Watch ABC 17 News for the latest forecast and check back here for updates.


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