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Lawrence escapes snow, but not frigid temperatures

January 2, 2003

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Lawrence will continue to escape the snow that blanketed much of eastern Missouri and pockets of southeast Kansas Thursday morning.

"We're not expecting any rain or snow anytime soon," said Matt Makens, 6News meteorologist.

But Lawrence will get its share of frigid temperatures -- the thermometer will reach only 36 Thursday afternoon and will drop to 12 degrees by early Friday morning, Makens said.

Most of the overnight snow in Kansas was in Linn County near the Missouri border, which recorded seven to nine inches of snow, said Jonathan Slemmer, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Slemmer said there were reports of six inches of snow in Cambridge in southeast Kansas, and two inches in Colony in the southern part of Anderson County. Garnett, in northern Anderson County, reported a trace of snow. Miami County reported about 1.5 inches of snow and Chanute had 6 inches.

"There's a very tight snow gradient, going from a lot to nothing," Slemmer said. "It's sloping from the southwest to the northeast, through a big chunk of Missouri."

Friday's forecast for Lawrence calls for the clouds to break in the afternoon, with a high of 45, Makens said.

"We'll start to notice a clearing trend overnight tonight and have mostly clear skies for Friday," he said. The low will reach 27 on Saturday morning.

A few clouds will be around on Saturday as temperatures reach a high of 47. Sunday morning's low will be 24, with clearing skies on Sunday and a high of 50 and an overnight low in the upper 20s.

Monday's skies will be partly cloudy, with a high reaching 47 and the overnight low in the upper 20s.

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