Baileyville leads state with 13 inches of snow

Towns across western and north-central Kansas dug out Saturday after a Christmas storm that dumped about a foot of snow in some areas.

The storm, which was part of a system that played havoc with roads across the Plains, was expected to drop another inch before leaving northeast Kansas.

The heaviest recorded snowfall was 13 inches in Baileyville, on U.S. 36 northwest of Topeka.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chad Omitt said Topeka was one of several communities covered with 10 inches, while Lawrence saw 8 1/2 inches. The storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes.

Kansas officials closed I-70 from Goodland to the Colorado state line early Saturday, but reopened the highway by midafternoon.

The Kansas Adjutant General's Office reported that weather was to blame for five fatalities on Kansas highways since Tuesday night.

In Sedgwick County, it was unclear what part the conditions played in a rollover accident about 3:30 p.m. between two pickup trucks at 327th Street West and 23rd Street South that injured two people, one critically.