Archive for Thursday, November 25, 1993


November 25, 1993


A high-pressurezone in the Southeast will keep an arctic front in our area through the weekend.

Mother Nature has cooked up some ugly wet stuff, chilling winds and biting temperatures for Thanksgiving this year.

Cliff Ronk, a forecaster for the Kansas University Weather Service, said freezing rain, snow and lows in the teens and 20s will stay for dinner and through the weekend.

"The data is showing that we're right in the middle of this thing," he said. "We've got cold air coming in from the Arctic and warm, moist air from the South Pacific."

Traveling to the north or west won't offer much relief, he said. Snow will be the operative word in the Northwest.

"I don't know if it's going to be worse (in other areas) or if we're going to be in the worst spot. It depends on what you like. We're going to be getting more of the freezing rain and drizzle," he said.

A trace of freezing drizzle overnight left a pesky coat of ice on uncovered windshields and made walks and streets slick.

Jill Brungardt, a cashier at Westlake Hardware, said ice scraper sales had been strong since this morning.

"Our bigger one is sand," she said. "Sand bags started selling yesterday."

Motorists on county roads could have used plenty of sandbags to weigh down their cars this morning.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department reported five non-injury accidents, one injury accident and "numerous, numerous, numerous" cars in ditches. The accidents began about 6:30 a.m., a dispatcher said. Lawrence police reported only one minor fender-bender in a parking lot.

Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Tim Lockett said accidents were prevalent on the state's highways today.

"It's one of those things. The people have to be re-educated about driving slower and leaving a little earlier," he said. "People were driving much too fast this morning and driving much too close. It happens every winter during the first snow or ice."

On the Kansas Turnpike, a Cedar Falls, Iowa, woman was injured when the car she was riding in went out of control on ice about 12 miles west of the West Lawrence Interchange.

Haruana Suzuki, 21, was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and later released after the one-car accident, which occurred about 3:30 a.m. when a car driven by Atsushi Tanabe, 22, also of Cedar Falls, spun out of control and struck a concrete barrier.

Ice glaze presents a unique challenge for road crews, county public works director Frank Hempen said.

"With glaze and freezing rain, it's impossible to get in a position where it's taken care of before it sets up," he said..

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