Blizzard conditions move into western Kansas early Saturday

February 23, 2019

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Heavy snow and high winds have hit western Kansas as a blizzard makes its way from the Rockies into the Great Plains, including Nebraska and Iowa.

Wichita television station KAKE reports that Garden City in western Kansas had already seen nearly 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) of snow by midmorning Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for much of the state, as well as for eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, that will remain in effect until Sunday.

The weather service says winds gusting to nearly 60 mph (96.56 kph) will cause whiteout conditions in those areas and make driving and other travel extremely dangerous. Officials also fear high winds could cause tree damage and lead to power outages as temperatures drop below freezing.