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Up to 10 inches of snow reported in southeast Kansas

A potent winter storm dumped up to 10 inches of snow in southeast Kansas Thursday, closing schools and causing hazardous driving conditions.

The heaviest snow amounts were along the Oklahoma-Kansas border, where 8-10 inches were reported from Chautauqua to Cherokee counties, with 4 to 7 inches reported in surrounding counties.

A winter storm warning was in effect for a large part of south-central and southeastern Kansas until 6 p.m., with snow and blowing snow advisories in effect for other parts of Kansas through midnight.

"It's wound down significantly since this morning, and the biggest concern now is blowing snow," said Chris Bowman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

The strong north winds accompanying the storm was expected to cause blowing and drifting snow, reduced visibility and hazardous driving conditions in southeast Kansas.

The Kansas Highway Patrol had not received any reports of weather-related traffic fatalities as of late Thursday afternoon, though roads were snowpacked and icy and numerous collisions were reported.

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