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Archive for Thursday, January 7, 1999

WINTRY WEATHER RETURNS TO AREA

January 7, 1999

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On the heels of Wednesday night's snow showers, a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow was expected to return to the area today, and motorists were being advised to be aware of changing conditions, the National Weather Service said.

"Be aware of it and if they've got to travel early (today) ... check the weather before you leave," said Steve Kays, a forecaster with the NWS in Topeka.

"There is the potential for some slick roads," he said.

There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation for the Lawrence area today, Kays added.

City crews on Wednesday night scrambled to get roads treated, as a band of snow showers passed through dropping a half-inch to an inch of snow on the area.

Tom Orzulak, the city's street division superintendent, said Wednesday night's snows caught city crews by surprise.

"They said flurries and now we have this," he said.

But Orzulak said crews will be ready for today.

"We've already got crews scheduled to be out early (today)," he said.

No weather-related accidents has been reported in Lawrence as of 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Today's expected mix of freezing rain and snow is the result of warmer air above the colder air near the ground's surface, Kays said. The precipitation will start out as rain, but freeze as it falls through the colder air.

The NWS predicts a 40 percent chance for light snow or sleet tonight until midnight, with a 50 percent chance of light snow on Friday.

Highs were expected to be 20 today, 20 to 25 on Friday, 20 on Saturday and 25 to 30 on Sunday. The weekend was expected to be dry, the NWS said.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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