TOPEKA, Kan. — A winter storm is moving across Kansas, causing icy roads and cancellations as state officials warn drivers to stay off most roads.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning until noon for parts of central Kansas, with a winter weather advisory for east central, north central and northeast Kansas. Between 2 and 5 inches of snow was expected to fall near Topeka, with the heaviest amounts west of Hiawatha to Council Grove. The snow will be accompanied by strong winds and freezing temperatures.

Most schools were closed and other activities also were cancelled. Numerous accidents and slide-offs were reported as temperatures dropped quickly and rain turned to ice.

In Topeka, temperatures dropped more 25 degrees in about four hours — from 45 about 5 a.m. to 20 near 9 a.m.

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