Massive Blizzard Moves North

Missouri, Kansas hit hard; 40K lose power

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 26, 2013 8:20 AM CST

(Newser) – The second major snowstorm in a week battered the nation's midsection today, dropping a half-foot or more of snow across Missouri and Kansas and cutting power to thousands. Gusting winds blew drifts more than 2 feet high and created treacherous driving conditions for those who dared the morning commute. About 40,000 people in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas awoke to no power as heavy, wet snow weighed on power lines.

Kansas City, Mo., was in a state of emergency as blinding snowfall—made worse by sustained gusts estimated at 30mph or higher—made car and truck traffic too dangerous. Flights in and out of the city airport were canceled, and schools, government offices, and businesses across the region were closed. The storm battered Texas and Oklahoma yesterday, with wind gusts hitting as high as 75mph. It has so far been blamed for at least two deaths.

A BNSF train engine waits for another train to pass, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, along Lorraine Street, just northeast of Avenue A in Hutchinson, Kan.
A BNSF train engine waits for another train to pass, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, along Lorraine Street, just northeast of Avenue A in Hutchinson, Kan.   (Sandra Milburn)
A vehicle travels past a warning sign on I-70 east of Topeka, Kan., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.
A vehicle travels past a warning sign on I-70 east of Topeka, Kan., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.   (Orlin Wagner)
Traffic moves on the I-40 service road Monday. A blizzard packing 50 mph wind gusts and more than 11 inches of snow blasted Amarillo and Texas Panhandle Monday, making travel nearly impossible.
Traffic moves on the I-40 service road Monday. A blizzard packing 50 mph wind gusts and more than 11 inches of snow blasted Amarillo and Texas Panhandle Monday, making travel nearly impossible.   (Michael Schumacher)
Traffic move slowly along the northbound Interstate 35 after the Interstate 29 split, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo.
Traffic move slowly along the northbound Interstate 35 after the Interstate 29 split, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo.   (Keith Myers)
Alan Daniels of the Overland Park Public Works Department, loads salt into trucks that were heading out to cover the streets of Overland Park, Kan., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.
Alan Daniels of the Overland Park Public Works Department, loads salt into trucks that were heading out to cover the streets of Overland Park, Kan., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.   (Todd Feeback)
Traffic moves slowly along I-70 near Lecompton, Kan., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.
Traffic moves slowly along I-70 near Lecompton, Kan., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.   (Orlin Wagner)
Heavy snow reduces visibility along US 24 near Rossville, Kan., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.
Heavy snow reduces visibility along US 24 near Rossville, Kan., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.   (Orlin Wagner)
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