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Kansas braces (again) as blizzard roars across Texas Panhandle

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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.

At a press conference Monday, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback told residents they should not get on the road without emergency supplies. “Take this storm seriously,” he said. Governor Brownback closed most state executive branch offices Monday and some government offices and several school districts canceled closed in anticipation of the storm.

Keeney of the NWS says cities like St. Louis and Chicago will be spared the brunt of the storm because they are located on the warm side of the system, which means they will receive mostly freezing rains and lighter snowfalls. Overall, the Great Lakes region is expected to receive between six to nine inches of snow Wednesday through Thursday. The Ohio Valley will receive up to three inches.

Those living in what is expected to become the hardest-hit area for the storm warn that salt and sand supplies are low following last week’s storm. In Wichita, Kan., for example, the city is considering plowing just the center of arterial streets so that each direction has one lane. Last week, the city recorded its second-biggest snowstorm ever with 14.2 inches.

“It would have been nice if we’d had a few days to recover, to do some equipment rehab,” Joe Pajor, deputy director of public works in Wichita told the Wichita Eagle Monday.

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