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More Snow & Blowing Snow Expected for Eastern KS

Additional snowfall -- and the blowing and drifting of snow -- can be expected across eastern Kansas into the night (MON). That's according to Matt Wolters (Walters), with the National Weather Service in Topeka.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the entire state. And while no major highways are closed, most roads are at least partially snowpacked or covered with ice.

KDOT Discusses Road Conditions

Officials at the Kansas Department of Transportation say the storm today is getting trucks out to deal with snow on the roads.

Kim Qualls of KDOT says plows have been out all night, but highways are still hazardous and drivers should be careful.

KDOT officials say no highways have closed in Kansas. But they say that could change when winds pick up and start blowing newly fallen snow across the state’s roadways.

Fish Consumption Advisories Updated

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks are issuing revised fish consumption advisories for 2011, which identify types for fish that should be eaten in limited quantities or avoided altogether because of contamination. Kristi Pankratz is a spokesperson for KDHE.

Information about the revised advisories, including fish that should be avoided based on where they are caught, can be found at kdheks.gov.

Fish Consumption Advisories Revised

If you eat fish that's been caught in some parts of Kansas, you should probably check the new Fish Consumption Advisories issued by the state. Kristi Pankratz is with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The advisories are based on mercury and other chemical levels in all forms of aquatic life. The advisories can be found on KDHE's web site, kdheks.gov.

Earhart Memorial Bridge to Be Relocated

When a bridge is replaced, the old structure is usually torn down and sent to the scrap heap. But the Kansas Department of Transportation is hoping that the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge in Atchison will not meet that fate. KDOT's Kim Qualls says proposals are now being sought from those who might want to relocate the historic structure.

The process is certain to be an expensive one, so 200-thousand dollars in federal highway money is available to help with relocation expenses. Complete information is available at the KDOT website, www-dot-k-s-d-o-t-dot-org. Interested parties can also call KDOT's Mike Fletcher at 785-296-0853. Sealed proposals will be accepted by KDOT until 5 pm on Friday, April 1st. A new bridge across the Missouri River that will replace the Earhart Memorial Bridge is now under construction.

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