Second major snowstorm in a week hits Great Plains states


A worker uses a snowblower to clear a path after a large winter storm on Feb. 22, 2013, in Greensburg, Kan.


Jamie Squire

A second major snowstorm in less than a week is hammering Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle today, the Associated Press reported.

The National Weather Service said the storm would bring potentially “life threatening” and “crippling” blizzard conditions and freezing temperatures to the Great Plains states and possibly tornadoes further southeast, CNN reported.

Last week, a storm dumped more than 22 inches of snow on some parts of Kansas, leading Gov. Sam Brownback to declare a state of emergency, which has been extended to include the new storm, CNN reported.

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"This storm has the potential to be more dangerous than last week's storm," Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said late Sunday, according to CNN. "So, we ask you to stay off the road unless it's absolutely critical.”

"We're expecting more wind with this storm," Jeff Johnson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Dodge City, Kan., told the AP. "Snow amounts are varying, but we could see upward of a foot across south-central Kansas with lesser amounts across west-central and central Kansas."

More than a foot of snow is also possible in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri, CNN reported.

Paul Braun, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transport, told the AP that there was zero visibility in some areas of the state this morning due to blowing snow.