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More snow in forecast as Kansas residents dig out

Published on -2/23/2013, 11:52 AM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- As Kansas residents began digging out of mounds of snow Friday, word came that another major snowstorm could hit late this weekend, covering up their hard work.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chance Hayes in Wichita said significant snowfall could begin Sunday night and into Monday. But the new system is not anticipated to bring quite as much snow as this week's winter blast.

Some of the heaviest snowfall totals were in south-central Kansas, where the small community of Zenda recorded 18 inches, Hayes said. Wichita received their second-highest snowfall ever with 14.2 inches.

Elsewhere, it varied widely. Communities in north central and northwest Kansas recorded 9 to 13 inches, while parts of southeast Kansas saw fewer than 5 inches.

Temperatures should warm up enough Friday and Sunday to melt some snow off the roads before the next winter storm hits, Hayes said.

A 70-year-old Wichita woman died Friday after her car collided with a train in Wichita.

Lt. Brad Hoch with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office told The Wichita Eagle that witnesses told police the Ford Focus began to slide before it crashed into the side of the engine. It is unclear whether a medical condition may have contributed to the crash.

Interstate 70, the main east-west artery through Kansas, was fully reopened to traffic late Thursday night, but roads throughout much of the state remained snow-packed.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said Friday that they responded to more than 1,450 motorist-assist calls involving vehicle slide-offs, tows, abandoned vehicles and stranded motorists during the storm. The Kansas National Guard also sent a dozen roving, two-member rescue teams in Humvees out Thursday to help stranded motorists.

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