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One of the most impactful winter storms to affect Kansas in a very long time struck on January 8th and 9th when an intense low pressure system tracked east across the region. Blizzard conditions impacted much of western and central Kansas during the day on Monday January 8th with 60 mph winds and near zero visibility. As the low pressure system tracked east, high winds and snow impacted south central and eastern Kansas during the overnight hours.

Almost all roads were closed across the western half of Kansas by Monday evening, including I-70 west of Salina to the Colorado border. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to nearly 100 calls from motorists during the storm. Strong winds and heavy snow also caused numerous power outages across the region. With the exception of far southeast Kansas, most schools across Kansas cancelled classes, many for a few days.

The highest snowfall amounts were generally in the 8 to 12 inch range with these higher amounts generally along and south of I-70 and north of Highway 400.

Picture by Kevin Darmofal
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