GOODLAND NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A “DUST STORM WARNING” for the following areas in NORTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL KANSAS

….This is valid through sunset….

…Dust Storm Warning issued March 6 at 12:02PM MST expiring March 6

at 5:00PM MST by NWS Goodland KS…

…HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS

EVENING…

* Visibilities…Less than one quarter mile.

* Impacts…Extremely dangerous travel conditions this afternoon,

particularly along Interstate 70 from Goodland east to Colby and

Quinter and portions of Highway 27, Highway 25, Highway 36,

Highway 83, and Highway 283.

* Peak Winds…Northwest at 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 70 mph.

* Timing/Duration…Through sunset.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Dust Storm Warning means visibility will be reduced below one

quarter mile in blowing dust. Travelers are urged to use extreme

caution and be alert to rapidly changing visibility…especially

near open fields. Persons with respiratory problems should stay

indoors until the storm passes.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends taking

preventative measures when blowing dust is expected, such as

staying indoors or wearing protective breathing masks if outside.

High dust concentrations can decrease lung activity, cause

respiratory problems, aggravate asthma, and potentially lead to

heart-related problems, especially with children, the elderly, or

those with pre-existing respiratory conditions.

Winds of this magnitude will be capable of damaging property.

Secure loose objects or bring them indoors, if possible. Winds of

this magnitude can also result in loss of vehicle control. High

profile vehicles will be particularly

susceptible to strong cross-