Snow Storm Rolls Across Plains; 8 Dead

The Associated Press
Saturday, January 20, 2007; 10:54 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- A winter storm rolled across the Plains states Saturday, causing numerous accidents that killed at least eight people in three states.

Heavy snow hit western and central Kansas, limiting visibility and creating hazardous driving conditions.

A couple and their 20-month-old daughter died when their car drove off U.S. 50 in western Kansas and collided with two others cars, authorities said. The couple's 6-year-old daughter, was critically injured, authorities said.

In Oklahoma, a 5-year-old boy died after being thrown from a sport utility vehicle that rolled over after it left a snow-covered highway. Four people also died in crashes on Nebraska highways.

In Kansas, a heavy snow warning was in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday from areas around Wichita westward, the National Weather Service said. Up to 6 inches of snow were forecast for some sections by Sunday, with more to follow.

Further south, the storm spared much of Oklahoma, though snow fell in western and north-central regions. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reported Saturday night that about 36,000 customers in the state remained without power a week after a crippling ice storm.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Saturday the latest round of weather hadn't caused significant problems on state roads, but falling temperatures overnight could lead to frozen bridges and overpasses. The ice storm was blamed for 25 deaths, most in motor-vehicle accidents.

The National Weather Service said the state is expected to warm into the 40s by Wednesday.

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