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Travel Discouraged; Jack Knifed Semi Closes I 70

Todd Pittenger - February 4, 2014 2:08 pm

twitter photo from KHP Trooper Ben Gardner

Heavy snow has made driving treacherous around Central Kansas.

By early afternoon, nearly a foot of snow was on the ground. There was a report of 10.5 inches of snow in South Salina. About 10 inches was on the ground at the KSAL Studios in Downtown Salina. Assaria was reporting 9 inches.

At around 1:30 in the afternoon, the I-70 Westbound ramp carrying traffic on to southbound I-135 was temporarily closed due to a jack-knifed semi on the ramp. Kansas Highway Patrol was on the scene, with efforts being coordinated to clear the ramp. Traffic resumed by 2:30.

The Eastbound I-70 off ramp at 9th St. at Salina was also partially blocked. Traffic was encouraged to use the Ohio St. Interchange (253) to enter Salina.

Officials are highly discouraging travel. KHP Trooper Ben Gardner tells KSAL News that troopers are working numerous slide-off crashes, and even some injury accidents.

Everyone who does not need to be out driving is strongly encouraged to remain home/indoors through the remainder of the snow storm.

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