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Archive for Monday, December 20, 1999

SNOW, COLD NOT EXPECTED TO LAST

December 20, 1999

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Snow dusted Lawrence on Sunday night, but it doesn't look like it will stick around until Christmas.

Warmer weather is on the way later in the week, but be prepared for a cold day today, an area meteorologist said.

Rain started to fall around 2:40 p.m. Sunday in Lawrence, changing to snow after the sun went down. Some parts of the state near Nebraska got as much at two to three inches of snow, but the storm only left Lawrence less than a half inch.

"It moved right on through," said Brian Walawender, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka.

After dropping .11 inches of precipitation, the storm cleared off and left behind cold temperatures.

Today, the temperatures are expected to reach a high of 21 degrees. However, the cold weather isn't expected to last during the week.

"It should be dry with a gradual warming trend," Walawender said.

On Tuesday, temperatures will be in the upper 20s, he said. On Wednesday, it will be in the 30s, and by Thursday it should hit the 40s.

"It should be a good travel weekend, at least the way it's looking right now," he said.

Around the area, the rain and snow didn't cause too much trouble, at least not Sunday night. The Kansas Turnpike Authority said that crews had been working on the road, and no weather trouble had been reported. A Franklin County dispatcher said that a few slick spots had been reported on highways, but no accidents. Roads crews were at work in Jefferson County and no accidents had been reported. A few cars had slid off the road in Leavenworth County, a dispatcher said, but there were no serious damage. There were no weather-related accidents reported in Douglas County on Sunday night, officials said.

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