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APRIL 23, 2013 Snow covered the ground in Hays, Kan., after a snowstorm moved through the western portion of the state.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Western Kansas was hit by a rare April snowstorm Monday night, dumping more than a half-foot of snow and closing a portion of Interstate 70.
Authorities late Tuesday morning reopened the highway between the Colorado state line and Goodland, where 8.5 inches had fallen since about 8:30 p.m. Monday.
The Kansas Department of Transportation reported mostly snow-covered roads in western and parts of central portions of the state.
Other snow totals reported by the National Weather Service office in Goodland were 7.5 inches in Edson, in Sherman County and 6 inches in the Thomas County town of Colby.
The same system dumping snow to the west brought a good deal of rain, accompanied by some intermittent snowflakes, to Kansas City Tuesday morning, 41 Action News Meteorologist Brett Anthony said.
No snow accumulations were expected in or around Kansas City, Brett said, but areas to the far north and west could see a dusting pile up on grassy areas.