Interstates reopening after Great Plains snowstorm

December 21, 2011 • National News, State News

A Potter County road grader works to clear parts of Indian Hills Road Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 in Amarillo, Texas. Travelers in the Texas Panhandle were urged to stay off ice-packed roads Tuesday after up to 10 inches of snow covered parts of the region. Several major thoroughfares were closed after the storm clipped the far northwest part of the state the day before the official start of winter. (AP Photo/The Amarillo Globe-News, Michael Norris)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Holiday travelers were breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday after a storm that dumped up to 15 inches of snow and forced the closure of interstates across the Great Plains moved out of the region, allowing crews to clear drifts and stranded motorists to leave roadside hotels.

The storm was blamed for at least two fatal car accidents as it crawled from eastern New Mexico and Colorado through the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma and Kansas. The fierce winds and heavy snowfall closed several major roadways before weakening Tuesday and moving into Missouri and toward the Great Lakes.

But another storm threatened some of those areas hit earlier in the week, Login to read more

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