Winter storm plows into Missouri after battering Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The second storm to batter the nation's midsection in less than a week has knocked out power to more than 100,000 homes and businesses. And it's now blamed for at least three deaths.

Authorities say two people were killed in rollovers on Interstate 70 in Kansas, while in Oklahoma a person died when a roof gave way under heavy snow.

The storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Oklahoma yesterday, and high winds caused whiteout conditions that slowed road-clearing efforts.

Schools and major highways in the Texas Panhandle are closed for a second day.

Flights in and out of Kansas City International Airport began to resume this morning. But the Missouri Department of Transportation has issued a "no travel" advisory, asking people to stay off affected highways except in case of a dire emergency.

Even Missouri's heavy-duty snowplows are having trouble staying on the roads. The Kansas City Star reports that at least eight Missouri Department of Transportation snowplows fell into highway ditches.

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168-a-12-(Sharon Watson, spokeswoman, Kansas Division of Emergency Management, in AP interview)-"took two lives"-Kansas emergency management spokeswoman Sharon Watson says road conditions in the state are poor. ((watch for dating)) (26 Feb 2013)

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169-a-08-(Sharon Watson, spokeswoman, Kansas Division of Emergency Management, in AP interview)-"facilities go down"-Kansas emergency management spokeswoman Sharon Watson says power outages are being reported in parts of the state. (26 Feb 2013)

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138-a-10-(Bruce Terry, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"of southern Michigan"-Forecaster Bruce Terry says that the storm that brought blizzard conditions to the southern Plains, is moving into the Midwest today and Wednesday. (26 Feb 2013)

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139-a-14-(Bruce Terry, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"hurricane force winds"-Forecaster Bruce Terry says that the storm has left impressive snowfall totals. (26 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO OKPON101: Heavy icing on electric lines combined with winds contributed to downed power lines throughout parts of Kay County Tuesday, Feb. 26, 201 as shown here in Ponca City, Okla. About 105,000 homes and businesses in northwest Missouri, northeast Kansas and western Oklahoma were without power before noon as the snow weighed heavily on power lines and tree limbs. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Rolf Clements) (26 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO MOSTN105: A lone vehicle travels along the Parkway system Tuesday morning, Feb. 26, 2013 in St. Joseph, Mo., as the snow storm continues to hit the area. This is the second winter storm that has hit the Midwest in a week. (AP Photo/St. Joseph News-Press, Jessica Stewart) (26 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO MOSTN103: Maleah Wilkinson travels along South 19th Street as her umbrella breaks during a snowstorm in St. Joseph, Mo. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Heavy snow made for cover sidewalks and street throughout the region during a second winter storm in a week. (AP Photo/St. Joseph News-Press, Jessica Stewart) (26 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO KSWIE403: Snow covers the trees and a barn after snow fell across the area on Monday night in Sedgwick County, Kan. , Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. The second major snowstorm in a week battered the nation's midsection Tuesday, dropping a half-foot or more of snow across Missouri and Kansas and cutting power to thousands. Gusting winds blew drifts more than 2 feet high and created treacherous driving conditions for those who dared the morning commute. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Bo Rader) (26 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO KSWIE402: A pair of snow plows head west on US-54 Highway, clearing the snow off the roadway, near Cheney, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. The second major snowstorm in a week battered the nation's midsection Tuesday, dropping a half-foot or more of snow across Missouri and Kansas and cutting power to thousands. Gusting winds blew drifts more than 2 feet high and created treacherous driving conditions for those who dared the morning commute. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Bo Rader) (26 Feb 2013)

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