A mid-April blizzard that arrived on Friday the 13th caused the Kansas Department of Transportation on Friday evening to shut down a stretch of Interstate 70 in northwest Kansas.

I-70 was closed from Goodland west to the Colorado border, KDOT said in a tweet.

The National Weather Service said hurricane-force winds of 80 mph and 1 to 7 inches of snow were possible with the storm, which came near the end of a week that had brought Kansas summer-like temperatures in the 80s.

Also closed were stretches of US-36 and K-27 highways in Cheyenne County and US-83 highway from Oberlin to the Nebraska border, KDOT said.

According to the Kansas Adjutant General's Office, travel in northwest Kansas was expected to be dangerous and at times impossible. The office warned that damage to power lines might occur and that high winds could cause high-profile vehicles to blow over.

Kansas Division of Emergency Management officials urged people to avoid traveling in the area if possible. They asked those who did travel to pack a car emergency kit and be sure to alert others of their departure and estimated arrival times, as well as their route.

The Adjutant General's Office said a car emergency kit should include weather appropriate clothing; bottled water for everyone; nonperishable, high-energy snack items; flashlights and batteries; a battery-operated radio; blankets; a compact snow shovel; extra medications; signal flares; and other emergency supplies to help them survive until help can arrive.

Motorists also were advised to fill their gas tank before embarking on their trip, check engine fluid levels and tire pressure, and make sure their cellphone was fully charged.

Those who stayed home were advised to make sure their home emergency kit was well-stocked, as power failures were possible.

The Adjutant General's Department said the Kansas Division of Emergency Management had activated the State Emergency Operations Center to monitor weather conditions and coordinate state assistance as requested. The Kansas National Guard also had five Stranded Motorist Assistance Teams on alert to patrol major roadways if needed.

State road and travel conditions may be found at the Kansas Department of Transportation's KanDrive website, www.kandrive.org, or at 511mm.ksdot.org on mobile devices. Information also is available by calling 5-1-1 from any phone.

High winds and dry conditions elsewhere in the state had created very high to extreme fire risks across multiple regions, prompting Red Flag Warnings for fire risk from the National Weather Service for portions of south central, central and eastern Kansas in an area that included Emporia, Fredonia, Hutchinson and Manhattan.