At least 2 dead in Kansas winter storms

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 11:59am

At least two people have died in the fierce winter storm pounding Kansas, the state's adjutant general said Tuesday.

A brutal blizzard that whipped the southern Plains set its sights on Kansas, Missouri and Illinois, where it's expected to dump more than a foot of snow Tuesday.

The powerful storm system is a second straight punch to the gut for a region hit by record snowfall a week ago.
"We are very concerned about this storm," Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Monday. "We believe it may be worse than the last one."

He extended an early state of emergency as the storm approached.

Complicating matters are primary elections in nearly a quarter of the state's 105 counties. State officials extended early voting hours into Monday evening to accommodate those who wanted to vote before snowflakes started to swirl.

Southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma got the storm's worst overnight, spreading whiteout conditions along the state line.

In Wichita, students will be taking a fourth straight snow day. The city saw its second-highest storm snowfall total on record last week with 14.2 inches over two days.

The storm will bring up to 18 inches of snowfall to a long swath, including the Kansas City area, forecasters said. By early Tuesday, local energy provider KCP&L reported 9,500 power outages.



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