Snowpacked roads caused a number of slide-offs and accidents around the Wichita area early Tuesday as a winter storm brought blizzard conditions to the area.
There were a number of crashes reported during the morning drive on Kellogg and the Interstate highway system. No serious injuries were reported. Accidents involving semi tractor trailers were reported at several locations. One semi was blocking northbound I-135 at South Hydraulic.
K-96 was closed west of Mt. Hope and there were a number of highways closed in Reno, Rice, Barton and Pratt counties as the storm brought moderate to heavy snow with winds gusting up to nearly 55 miles an hour. There were reports of some trees blown over by the winds in some Wichita neighborhoods.
Interstate 70 was closed westbound from Salina to the Colorado line, and a number of highways were closed in western and northwestern Kansas as the storm moved in Monday.
Travel was being discouraged across the state because of the hazardous driving conditions. A winter storm warning was in effect through noon for the Wichita area.
Wichita had three inches of snow reported by the National Weather Service, with amounts of 3 to 4 inches across south central Kansas. There was a measurement of 7.8 inches west of Hutchinson.