Some drivers plow ahead, others get creative to wait out snow

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Hays, Dodge City and several other cities out west are covered in snow.

The western winter blast could be felt all the way in Wichita with shaking signs, stoplights and travelers chilled to the bone.

“Going to be cold and windy,” Bob Belnap says.

“Rain and wind and low temperatures,” Bill Steen adds.

Steen is traveling from North Dakota. He avoided I-70 which was shut down for hours but still ran into some nasty weather.

“Lots of traffic and periods of heavy rain,” he says. “Scary temperatures, but the roads never did get icy.”

But others did not get so lucky. I-70 was closed from Hays to Goodland for several hours leaving some motorists stranded on the road and even in a Walmart.

“We were just hanging out at the gas station for a couple of hours so we decided to explore Goodland,” he says.

Hays and his family, who are on their way from Denver to Kansas City, used their time taking funny pictures and picking out movies.

“We picked out enough movies to get us across Kansas,” he says.

In Wichita, the conditions were great for drivers. City salt trucks didn’t even move.

“We are heading straight north,” says Belnap. “We will be about 35 miles west of the Nebraska line.”

With I-70 reopened, and other areas of the state clearing up drivers have one goal in mind.

“We got to get home,” Belnap says.

You can find an updated list of open and closed roads by clicking on this link.

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