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  • First snowstorm leaves icy roads for Stafford County

  • Poor visibility from blowing snow and icy roads made travel treacherous through all of Stafford County Wednesday night and into Thursday morning as the season's first snowstorm hits Kansas.
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  • Poor visibility from blowing snow and icy roads made travel treacherous through all of Stafford County Wednesday night and into Thursday morning as the season's first snowstorm hits Kansas.
    The first major snowstorm of the season headed east out of the Rockies on Wednesday and by Thursday morning heavy snow and strong winds had combined for hazardous driving conditions, bitter cold temperatures and disruptions in holiday travel for many.
    I-70 in Kansas began the progression of road closing Wednesday leaving many truckers and holiday travelers searching for alternate routes or overnight accommodations as far east as Hays.
    Iowa, Nebraska and northern Kansas took the brunt of the storm with nearly a foot of snow in Des Moines, and 8 ½ inches in Omaha. Parts of northern Kansas received 3-5 inches north of I-70. Most of central Kansas received 1-3 inches, including Great Bend and Salina. Hutchinson and Wichita received about an inch.
    Traffic was almost non-existent late Wednesday with only one report of an accident near Macksville.
    "The weather service did a good job of getting this warning out early," said Amy Claussen, Stafford County dispatcher. "I think everybody listened to that and just stayed home."
    First responders were called out to another accident north of Macksville around 9 a.m., Thursday. The driver was reported to have a broken arm. He was transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital.
    Highs are forecast in the mid 30s-40 degrees, Thursday with a brief warm-up Friday and Saturday with highs in the 50s before temperatures fall again on Sunday.

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