State officials: avoid travel in Kansas tonight

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is warning motorists to avoid travel in the state tonight due to blizzard conditions, slick roads and dangerous wind chills.

The National Weather Service warns says travel will become increasingly hazardous as snow and ice accumulate and high winds affect visibility between 6 p.m. and midnight. Travel will be particularly dangerous in northeast Kansas.

“This is an extremely dangerous situation we are facing and everyone should heed these warnings,” said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the state adjutant general. “If you must travel, do so before 6 p.m. and plan to stay there tonight.”

Snow and ice is forecast for all of Kansas with snow accumulations ranging from 2 to 8 inches. Both Northeast and southeast Kansas are expected to get a significant amount of snow.