Warm spring weather, move on over.

    Early Friday morning, a storm moved in to southwest Kansas and set up shop, dumping 14 inches of snow in Dodge City and even more in surrounding areas, according to the National Weather Service.


Warm spring weather, move on over.
    Early Friday morning, a storm moved in to southwest Kansas and set up shop, dumping 14 inches of snow in Dodge City and even more in surrounding areas, according to the National Weather Service.
    Almost all of western Kansas was hit with the wintry blast, giving much-needed moisture to the parched plains.
    It wasn’t all good news, however.
    Significant snow fall and drifting resulted in two weather-related deaths, numerous road closures and dozens of wrecks.
    The National Weather Service said the heaviest snow had fallen in parts of southwest Kansas, including 28 inches in the Pratt area — resulting in snow drifts up to six feet.
    The first storm-related fatality was confirmed by Marion County law enforcement, who reported one person died in a weather-related traffic accident on a county road Friday.
    The second came after a man shoveling his walk in Reno County suffered an apparent heart attack.
    "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this storm," Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. "Many roads in our state are still treacherous, so please be careful as you travel and take extra precautions when walking or working in the current conditions."
    Sebelius also signed a declaration of a state of disaster emergency Saturday which included Ford and surrounding counties.