Central U.S. Hit By Another Winter Blast

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (February 26, 2013)--A new snowstorm was crossing the nation's midsection Tuesday, creating new problems for residents still digging out from last week's blizzard.

The new storm was producing heavy snow in Kansas and Missouri early Tuesday, after lashing the Texas panhandle with hurricane-force winds, forcing the closure of numerous roads and highways and cutting power to thousands in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

A man in Kansas died after his SUV hit an icy patch on Interstate 70 in Kansas, and a person died in Oklahoma after a roof gave way under thick snow.

Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James declared a state of emergency, and flights in and out of Kansas City International Airport were canceled.

Drought experts say the precipitation is helpful but doesn't mean the drought is over.


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