Government Closes for Snow Storm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A major winter storm has prompted Gov. Sam Brownback to close Kansas state government from Thursday morning through Friday morning.

The National Weather Service is predicting the winter storm system will drop heavy snow across the state, with more than a foot expected in many areas. Brownback urged residents on Wednesday to stay home and off the roads as the storm advanced.

Legislative leaders announced earlier in the day they were curtailing House and Senate activities through Friday and will be idle Thursday. Legislative deadlines for measures clearing committees were also pushed back until Tuesday ahead of a key session deadline on March 1.

Brownback says the winter storm will provided much-needed moisture to a state that has been in drought conditions for more than a year.