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Archive for Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Fog leads to U.S. 40 accident

December 10, 2002

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That gray fog draping the area has led to one non-injury accident west of Lawrence.

The accident occurred about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 40 just east of Big Springs near the intersection with Douglas County Route 1023, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The drivers of the two cars, Bernice Lorimer, 48, Lecompton, and Karen Newell, 42, Lecompton, were not injured, according to a dispatcher.

State Trooper Mark Engholm, a spokesman for the highway patrol, said he had no other information available about that acciddent. But he said driving in foggy conditions is hazardous and drivers should slow down.

"Anytime we get into weather conditions that are foggy or rainy or snowing, those sort of things, we need to slow down and really look at our driving," Engholm said. "Everyone is required to drive at a speed that is reasonable and prudent for conditions. The rule of thumb is you need to be able to stop within the distance that you can see."

Foggy conditions are expected to continue.

âÂÂWeâÂÂre going to see the fog and low-layer fog for much of the day today,â says Matt Makens, 6News meteorologist.

Makens said TuesdayâÂÂs temperatures will rise to the mid- to upper-40s during the afternoon.

âÂÂWe could see some brief periods of the sun, but for the most part, itâÂÂs kind of a dreary day,â Makens said.

WednesdayâÂÂs forecast calls for brief periods of sunlight and a high of 49. But clouds will increase late in the afternoon, bringing a chance for snow flurries to the area on Thursday and Friday.

Makens said itâÂÂs still not clear how the storm system coming in at the end of the week is setting up. A 50-mile change in the direction of its path will determine whether Lawrence will get any snow this week, he said.

Day time temperatures this week will be in the low 40s and high 30s, with sunny skies expected on the weekend. SundayâÂÂs high will reach 50.

Overnight lows will be in the 20s and 30s through the week, he said.

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