Multiple slide-offs and crashes reported west of Salina due to winter storm

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SALINA, Kan. (KSNW) – Traffic on Monday slowed to only 20 to 30 mph near Russell on Interstate 70 due to a winter storm. The snow began early and fell throughout the morning.

“I just don’t want to be one of them in the ditch. Not me,” Cary, traveling on I-70.

He was not alone. Many trucks had pulled over to stop at Russell.

“And we were down to 25 miles an hour, and I’m done. Till they get something, something where you can travel,” said Cary. “It is not even safe. Somebody, they were getting loose, the cars were.”

(Courtesy: Ronald Berglund)

Between noon and 2 p.m., there were more than a dozen vehicles in ditches and fields. Roads conditions were slushy. Some were icy.

But in Russell, some didn’t even want to drive across town. The town received more than four inches of snow.

“It’s not very pleasant. Very easy to slide off the road,” said Donya, Russell resident. “Yourself, as well as everyone else’s life is in danger. Better to just pull off to the side of the road. Get a hotel room.”

The Kansas Highway Patrol said they have been monitoring the interstates and highways. Patrol officers advise drivers to leave plenty of room between cars, especially overnight.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is out in full force working to clear the roads.

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Further west towards Hays, the city is under a Phase 1 Winter Storm Traffic Emergency. During this phase, the city says it is unlawful to park a vehicle on any street designated as an emergency snow route. The Hays Public Works Department and Hays Police Department are requesting your assistance with snow removal along emergency snow routes. They are asking residents to take appropriate measures and move your vehicle from the snow routes.

Kansas snowfall updates as of 11:30 a.m.

  • 2.5 inches Dresden
  • 1.5 inches Norcatur
  • 5 inches Morland
  • 3 inches Beloit
  • 2 inches Smith Center
  • 1 inch Atwood
  • 2 inches Benkelman
  • 2.5 inches Goodland
  • 3 inches Sharon Springs
  • 2 inches Leoti
  • 6 inches Tribune 
  • 4 inches Russell
  • 4 inches Norton
  • 4.2 inches Benkelman
  • 1 inch Gove
  • 5 inches Phillipsburg
  • 3.8 inches Smith Center
  • 2 inches Oakley
  • 2 inches Oberlin

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