Winter storm closes Kansas schools, causes crashes

December 16, 2019 GMT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A winter storm that dumped up to 11 inches (27.94 centimeters) of snow in Kansas has closed schools, snarled traffic and caused a fatality crash.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Monday for northeast and southern Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says multiple roads are partially or completely snow covered.

Several crashes were reported. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 21-year-old Jimmy Romero was killed Sunday when a pickup truck in which he was riding overturned on an icy Wichita road.

The patrol also worked a five-vehicle wreck Sunday in Riley County involving three tractor-trailers.

Multiple school districts called off classes Monday, including several in the Wichita and Kansas City area. Emporia State University also is closed and Wichita State was starting classes late.