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Perhaps one welcome bit of news for many people living in those states is that the snow won't fall as fast as it did last week. The NWS reports that snow will fall at a rate of 0.5 to 1 inch an hour. Last week, snow was coming down at a rate of several inches per hour. This week's storm is expected to last 24 hours.

Snow will start to fall in Kansas City, Mo., at 6 p.m. Monday. The Kansas Department of Transportation has closed interstates in southwest Kansas that lead into the Oklahoma Panhandle. Citing slick roads and low visibility, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has shut down these same highways on the Oklahoma side until the storm passes. Nonessential patrol personnel have been told not to return to work until Wednesday.

Local officials in Kansas City are telling people to stay home from work to avoid dangerous road conditions. Voters in Tuesday’s primary election in the state are being urged to cast their ballots Monday; the deadline to turn in advance ballots was extended from noon Monday to 7 p.m.

“The last time, the really heavy stuff began to fall after a lot of people were already at work, and they got stuck there. The timing still looks bad for Tuesday morning … but it just depends on how many people decide to stay home,” Cindy Baker, director of marketing for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, told The Kansas City Star Monday.

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