Dangerously slick ice and packed snow that showed no signs of melting kept school buses off the roads today in several area districts, and weather forecasters say the icy conditions could continue through week's end.
Students in Baldwin, Eudora, Basehor-Linwood, Tonganoxie and Wellsville took the day off after hazardous road conditions prevented safe transportation to classes.
Phillip Bills, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Topeka, said cloudy skies will block the sun's warm rays for the next couple of days, and temperatures will fall short of thawing the ice and snow.
Tonight's low is expected to reach the mid-teens and Tuesday's high should climb to near 30.
BILLS SAID Lawrence also could receive freezing rain or snow by midweek, with colder temperatures and more snow Thursday or Friday.
By the end of the weekend or early next week, skies should clear and temperatures should warm, finally melting the ice and snow.
John Young, deputy director of Douglas County Public Works, said all paved county roads are clear and dry, but rural motorists should use caution.
"We're trying to knock the glaze of ice off rock roads, but they're still slick," he said, adding that the work should be completed by tonight.
George Williams, Lawrence public works director, said all well-traveled roads in the city are clear and in good condition but residential areas and parking lots remain dangerously slippery.
BECAUSE SALT and sand have a greater effect on roads where the snow and ice are broken by traffic, he explained, any less-traveled area still might be hazardous.
Dispatchers from the Douglas, Jefferson, Franklin and Leavenworth counties sheriff's offices said this morning that all primary roads were clear, but some county roads were snowpacked and slick. However, no major weather-related accidents were reported.
A Kansas University Police dispatcher said university roads were open and in good condition, although parking lots had some icy patches.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority and Kansas Highway Patrol also reported normal roadway conditions and no major accidents.