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February 25, 2013

Blizzard bearing down on Oklahoma, other Plains states

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DODGE CITY, Kan. —

Pajor told The Wichita Eagle the new storm “looks worse than the last one” and that sand and salt supplies are low because of last week’s record storm, as are the number of locations where snow can be transported off city streets. He said the plowing strategy for the new blizzard may have to involve plowing snow into the center of arterial streets, and cutting traffic to one lane each direction.

He also said streets won’t be treated with the city’s limited sand and salt supplies until the snow ends and plowing is under way.

The threat of the pending storm forced cancellations Sunday and Monday in Kansas and Missouri, including the championship basketball tournament for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Association, which rescheduled the tournament for Tuesday in Park City, Kan.

Matt Lehenbauer, emergency management director for Woodward County, Okla., said he expects rain or snow to begin there Sunday evening and forecast up to a foot of snow and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

“We may not get the roads cleared until midday Tuesday if we get the expected amount of snow and wind. As its falling, in the blizzard-like conditions, we just won’t be able to keep up,” he said.

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