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I-70 reopens in Missouri

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Interstate 70 is open again in Missouri.

The interstate reopened shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday. It had been shut down Tuesday from Kansas City almost all the way to St. Louis because of whiteout and slippery conditions caused by the massive winter storm that struck much of the nation. The Missouri Department of Transportation said it was simply too dangerous to keep open.

The state set up shelters at several locations along the interstate for stranded motorists.

By Wednesday morning, lines of semis sat waiting to get onto I-70.

Interstate 44 from Springfield to the Oklahoma border remained closed, and a MoDOT spokesman says it isn't clear when it will reopen.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The worst of the winter storm may be over for Missouri. But the hard work may be just beginning for residents who face hours of digging out in the bone-chilling cold.

The massive storm dumped as much as 20 inches on parts of central and southern Missouri Tuesday. Whiteout conditions forced the closure of Interstate 70 along its entire 252-mile route between Kansas City and St. Louis - the first time winter weather had completely shut down the route.

Though accidents were relatively few and locals generally stayed home and off the streets, officials cautioned residents to take it easy and stay away from highways until they're cleaned.

Officials said some spots could measure more than 2 feet of snow.

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