Blizzard shuts down roads in northwest Kansas

Several roads in northwest Kansas have been closed by authorities as a blizzard hammers the area this morning.

Westbound I-70 has been closed from Colby to Denver by the storm, which is expected to dump as much as 7 inches of snow in the region. The National Weather Service in Goodland has issued a blizzard warning for Sherman, Rawlins and Cheyenne counties in Kansas until 10 a.m. today.

Northwest winds of 30 to 40 miles an hour, with gusts up to 50 mph, will cause significant blowing and drifting of snow in the warned area, with visibilities of less than a quarter-mile possible.

Goodland, Atwood and St. Francis are included in the blizzard warning.

Other Kansas roads closed by the storm include U.S. 36 from St. Francis west into Colorado, K-27 from Goodland north to the Nebraska state line, and U.S. 40 from Oakley west into Colorado.

Another six counties in northwest Kansas — Decatur, Norton, Thomas, Sheridan, Wallace and Logan — are included in a winter weather advisory. Five inches of snow are expected in that area, with 40 mph winds reducing visibility to about a mile.

Among the cities included in the advisory are Oberlin, Colby, Hoxie, Norton and Oakley.