A significant winter storm is impacting northwest Kansas. Snow and blowing snow have caused blizzard conditions in some areas, closed roads, and closed schools. Interstate70 was closed at Wakeeney headed west to begin the day Monday.
According to the National Weather Service areas north and west of a Great Bend to Salina are impacted the most, with the heaviest snow expected north of Interstate 70.
Blizzard conditions were impacting northwest Kansas Monday morning.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is declaring a state of emergency for the northwestern part of the state. The governor has activated the Kansas Army National Guard in Hays, Norton, Colby and Tribune. National Guard troops will deploy the stranded motorist assist team to help drivers who get stuck in the snow.
While blizzard conditions are impacting northwest Kansas, lighter snow amounts are expected across central Kansas. Most locations in central Kansas will see 1 to 2 inches or less of snowfall, with the highest amounts north of Interstate 70.
Some locally higher amounts are possible north of Russell and Lincoln.
The combination of the snow and north wind expected to gust to 35 mph, will lead to hazardous driving conditions from reduced visibility in blowing snow.