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WINTER ASSAILS AREA AGAIN –- CITY CREWS READY FOR NEW ONSLAUGHT

January 28, 2001

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Partly sunny skies and manageable weather Saturday had people shedding coats as they walked along Massachusetts Street. But late in the day, cloud cover rolled over the area, signaling the winter storm creeping in.

"It's been nice but we'll be getting back to colder weather," said Steve Kays, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Topeka.

Sleet, snow and possibly freezing rain were expected to make roads slippery Saturday night into today, Kays said. The precipitation will end by tonight before another storm hits Monday.

"It's just sort of a mess out there," Kays said. "Lawrence is sort of looking at a little of everything."

Snowfall, at times heavy, could total 3 to 6 inches today.

The chance for snow Monday is 70 percent early in the day and 60 percent at night. Tuesday looks dry, but light snow is expected again Wednesday.

Temperatures today and Monday will reach highs in the 20s. On Tuesday and Wednesday temperatures will warm to highs in the 30s.

City Manager Mike Wildgen said city crews were on call and prepared to brave the storm if the precipitation ices over Lawrence streets.

"We're ready to attack the storm," Wildgen said Saturday.

The approaching storm caused concern for visitors in town Saturday for the Kansas-Kansas State basketball game.

Rhonda Atkinson was visiting from Manhattan and said she would drive home despite rain, sleet or snow. The weather is always a concern, she said, and she'd be happy to see spring stifle the freezing storms for good.

"Sun would be nice, let's put it that way," Atkinson said.

--Amber Stuever can be reached at 832-7187.

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