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I-70 closed in western Kansas due to winter storm

Photo courtesy KDOT

Update: I-70 has re-opened, but road conditions remain dangerous for travel.

HAYS, Kan. —  Drivers traveling on I-70 to and from Colorado or western Kansas will have to take an alternate route.

Severe winter weather has closed a stretch of westbound I-70 from Hays to the Colorado border. I-70 is shut down in both directions from Colby to the Colorado border.

Other roads closures include 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 and K-161 from Bird City to the Nebraska border.

The National Weather Service  issued winter storm warnings for nine Kansas counties and winter weather advisories for several more.

Forecasters predicted accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. Elsewhere, more than 2 feet of snow had fallen in northern Colorado and about a foot fell in southern parts of Wyoming by Tuesday morning.

You can keep up with Kansas road conditions by visiting the KanDrive portal here.

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