Snow likely to blanket area
After a cold and wet Sunday, today likely will turn colder, covering Lawrence with up to 3 inches of snow beginning in the late morning or early afternoon, weather officials said.
By late Sunday, after a day and a half of precipitation, Lawrence had recorded .84 inches of rain, said Phillip Bills, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka. Nearly the same amount fell in Emporia, while about .4 inches fell in Topeka.
The conditions kept Dave Douglass, above, owner of Affordable Lawns, busy Sunday clearing sidewalks at the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority house in Lawrence.
More rain was expected Sunday night, with temperatures staying at or slightly above freezing, Bills said. Closer to the Nebraska border, lower temperatures would give way to freezing rain.
Snow was expected to last throughout today, accumulating 1 to 3 inches in Lawrence and surrounding areas.
Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman said he would make a decision about school closings early today.
Flu shots available today
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department still has a supply of influenza vaccine and is administering flu shots during regular clinic hours.
Shots will be given on a walk-in basis to the public as long as supplies last, according to this schedule:
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Health Department, 200 Maine.
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the department.
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday; Friday at the department.
9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Babcock Place, 1700 Mass.
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the department.
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Baldwin First United Methodist Church, 704 Eighth St.
The cost for a flu shot is $8, but no one will be denied services because of an inability to pay.
For more information, contact the Health Department at 843-0721.
Charity watchdogs issue giving guide for donors
Two charity watchdog programs have issues their first joint charity guide to help donors give with confidence in the new year.
The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide combines the latest charity evaluations completed by the National Charities Information Bureau and the Philanthropic Advisory Service of the Council of Better Business Bureaus' Foundation.
Individuals can receive the guide by sending their name and address to Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide, Council of Better Business Bureaus' Foundation, 4200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 800, Arlington, Va. 22203; e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org; or by phone, (800) 575-4483.