Governor closes state offices in Shawnee Co. closed Thursday due to winter storm

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – State offices in Shawnee Co. will be closed Thursday as a winter storm approaches.

Governor Laura Kelly announced the move on Wednesday evening.

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“Due to potentially hazardous road conditions, high winds and snow, we are closing Shawnee County state office buildings Thursday and directing employees to work from home,” Kelly said. “Please stay safe and warm, be careful and let the road crews do their job.”

Kelly said they will reassess conditions on Thursday to determine what action to take on Friday.

The declaration applies to all non-essential government employees in executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the governor who work in Shawnee County offices. It does not include the Board of Regents, Regents Institutions, the Judicial Branch or the Legislature.

Kelly said authorities in offices outside of Shawnee Co. could decide the best course of action for their areas.

The Kansas Judicial Center is also closed Thursday, but individual judges have the authority to keep individual chambers open. Otherwise, employees are working remotely to keep operations running. All affected activities will be postponed.

The full list of closures and cancellations can be found here.

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