Tens of thousands of Kansas utility customers were without power Saturday and two deaths were reported as an early spring blizzard buried parts of Kansas in snow and ice.

Tens of thousands of Kansas utility customers were without power Saturday and two deaths were reported as an early spring blizzard buried parts of Kansas in snow and ice.


Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson told The Hutchinson News that an Arlington man called for paramedics Saturday after experiencing chest pains while shoveling snow. Nearly impassable roads slowed emergency responders, and the man died waiting for help, Henderson said. The adjutant general's office said the man was 72.


On Friday, a 58-year-old woman was killed in a car accident on icy roadways in Marion County.


"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this storm," Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said in a news release. "Many roads in our state are still treacherous, so please be careful as you travel and take extra precautions when walking or working in the current conditions."


Westar Energy said about 9,400 customers were without power as of about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The utility said it had restored power to more than 60,000 customers since the storm began, with some customers experiencing multiple outages.


Kansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. said five rural electric cooperatives were reporting outages to a combined 5,000 meters, which can serve multiple homes and businesses.