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Five-month protection against utility shut-off ends Thursday

The state's "Cold Weather Rule," a protection against utility companies shutting off service during winter months, ends Thursday.

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Kansas transportation officials discourage traveling west of Salina

Kansas transportation officials are discouraging travel to central and western Kansas as a massive winter storm continues causing extreme travel problems.

Winter storm forecast for sections of Kansas

A winter storm with heavy snow is expected to hit western and northern sections of Kansas.

Weather service report: Light snow still possible before noon; areas to west hit with 6 inches

Douglas County didn’t get hit with the winter storm that forecasters had expected Wednesday night, but the National Weather Service is alerting motorists that the area may see some snowfall before noon today.

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See the streets: Check out street conditions with traffic cameras across the city

Take a look at street conditions across Lawrence via a series of traffic cameras operated by the City of Lawrence. New images are posted every minute.

Closings or cancellations? Email the Journal-World

More winter weather is expected to hit the Lawrence and Douglas County area Wednesday night and Thursday morning. If your organization has a closing, cancellation or postponement to report, email closings@ljworld.com.

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Freezing fog possible for Wednesday morning commute; latest forecast predicts new snow storm to begin Wednesday evening

As freezing rain coats area roads, police say they have seen an increase of accidents Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service in Topeka says the freezing rain will likely turn to light snow around 3 p.m. Around a half inch of snow might fall Tuesday.

Natural gas prices predicted to be 'significantly lower' in time for winter, Black Hills Energy says

Though it’s ultimately up to winter weather, normal to mild forecasts combined with an adequate supply of natural gas mean Lawrence residents could see natural gas bills that are lower than last winter, Black Hills Energy representatives indicated Wednesday.

City snow removal and road treatment in high gear on Sunday

Twenty-four-hour operations for snow are still in effect in the city of Lawrence.

Freezing rain, snow may cause hazardous travel conditions Friday night

A wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow will move across northeast Kansas on Friday evening.

More asking for heating bill assistance

Today's forecast: For today, Cooler breezes out of the north will keep us in the lower 40s with clouds to start and sunshine by afternoon. North winds of 10-20 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy and blustery with lows in the middle ...

Winter winter blasts area, causes numerous accidents

Today's forecast: Slightly warmer today, but more than likely you won't notice this difference with highs creeping back into the lower 20s under partly sunny skies. Winds will be very light and out of the north. Tonight... clouding up with ...

Douglas County law enforcement practice ice rescues

Members of the Douglas County Underwater Search and Rescue Team practiced their talents at a pond on KU's West Campus on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011.

KDOT Secretary Deb Miller talks about digging Kansas out of Tuesday's snow storm

Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Deb Miller on Friday said KDOT employees using 600 snow plows efficiently plowed roads from this week's winter storm. She said on a typical weekday in February approximately $175 million worth of commerce goes across state roads. Her comments came following a news conference by Gov. Sam Brownback, who commended Kansans for digging out of the storm.

Weather so cold boiling water turns to vapor on air contact

Reporter Brenna Hawley wanted to examine whether it was cold enough in Lawrence Thursday morning to throw boiling water into the air and get it to vaporize on contact with the frigid cold air.

Lawrence crews begin plowing residential streets

By 11:30 Wednesday morning, city of Lawrence crews had begun clearing residential streets, including this cul-de-sac in east Lawrence. Cul-de-sacs prove especially challenging because of the closely spaced driveways and large street area to clear. This driver rotates his plow blade toward and away from the curb in order to avoid creating windrows, which can be difficult for drivers to navigate over. The driver said they do their best to do that around town, but sometimes, it's just not possible.

Sanitation crews work through snow, cold

Don't envy Kenny Tibbits, although — as driver — the sanitation engineer for the city of Lawrence had a chance to sit behind heating vents during his crew's rounds Wednesday morning in northwest Lawrence. Tibbits and his two crew members, Jim Turner and Mike Herd, started their route at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Plows hit streets as snow piles up around Lawrence

Lawrence street crews were hitting the streets hard Tuesday morning as heavy snow moved into the area. Though primary streets remained passable, residential streets had quickly become snowpacked. With many cancelations already reported, just a hearty few were on the streets.

Kansas Highway 10 shut down after series of accidents

A series of minor accidents prompted emergency crews to shut down both directions of Kansas Highway 10 Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. Freezing drizzle coated the highway, causing multiple slide-offs and fender benders near the Evening Star Road exit.

Snow removal crews hard at work in Downtown Lawrence

In order to preserve valuable downtown parking spaces, city plows move the snow from the driving lanes to the center of the roads. Once the snow stops, city crews then come through and, block-by-block, haul the snow out of downtown to the city's maintenance yard in east Lawrence. As they do it, they shut down different blocks in order to give the heavy equipment room to work.

Snow in downtown Lawrence

A videographer's walk through downtown Lawrence Wednesday afternoon captured the sights and scenes of people in a winter snow storm.

Crews battle cold weather to fix railroad lines

Union Pacific railroad workers fix rails in subzero temperatures, as heavy snow falls east of Lawrence, as Lawrence and surround counties are in a winter storm watch.