After delaying longer than most could have hoped for, wintry weather arrived in the Lawrence area with a whoosh Saturday.
And it looks to stay on.
Temperatures aren't expected to rise above the freezing mark again at least through next weekend, said John Woynick, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Topeka.
Woynick said the sudden arrival of cold weather isn't unusual for the part of the country.
"That's kind of like life in the Plains," he said.
To go with the cold air, snow could begin to fall beginning late this morning and into tonight, Woynick said. "We could get up to one to two inches in the Lawrence area," he said.
As much as three inches of snow was expected in the areas north of U.S. Highway 36 in Kansas and into south-central Nebraska.
The next possible snowfall might come Christmas Eve, Woynick said.
"There is a possibility we could see a white Christmas this year," he said.
Because the temperatures will be so cold, any snow that does fall will be likely to stay around, he said.
"We probably won't melt it off," Woynick said.
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