Winter storm slicks eastern Kansas roads; two injured in big rig accident

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Icy conditions lead to several crashes outside in Kansas including a semitrailer that crashed outside of Topeka. (Courtesy: FotoSearch)

TOPEKA, Kan. — A winter blast that left little more than an inch of snow in parts of eastern Kansas on Friday was moving out of the state Saturday, forecasters said.
The system left roads icy and caused several crashes Friday night in northeastern Kansas, including a semitrailer that crashed just south of Topeka. WIBW reported that the big rig hit a patch of ice on Highway 75 at the South Topeka Boulevard overpass, lost control and tipped over. Two people were taken to the hospital and their condition is unknown.
Emergency crews also received reports of several semis sliding off I-70 between Topeka and Manhattan.
Moderate to heavy snow was expected to continue to move across east-central Kansas through mid-afternoon Saturday, with the heaviest snow generally south and east of Interstate 35, according to the National Weather Service. Up to 4 inches total accumulation could be seen in those areas, the service warned.
Roads in those areas will continue to be slick, and motorists were warned to drive slowly.
Forecasters said wind chills will remain in the teens most of the day before temperatures rebound on Sunday to nearly 40 degrees. Much colder arctic air is expected to drive temperatures back down by the middle of next week.

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