Archive for Saturday, December 15, 2007

Snow advisory continues until 4 p.m.

Police report no major problems

December 15, 2007

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Snow was still falling in Lawrence and Douglas County at 1:50 p.m., but forecasters expect it to let up later today.

The National Weather Service has extended a snow advisory until 4 p.m. for parts of northeast Kansas, including Douglas, Jefferson, Franklin, Leavenworth, Wyandotte and Osage counties. Another 1 to 2 inches of snow could accumulate.

Matt Wolters, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka, said a spotter in Lawrence reported 1 inch of snow had fallen by noon.

A band of snow is moving across the area now, Wolters said, after it dumped several more inches in areas of north central Kansas. Forecasters expect snow amounts from the system to be less in this area as it moves through later this afternoon, he said.

Earlier this morning, a spotter in Oskaloosa reported nearly 1 inch of snow had fallen. The major ice storm that has created power outages in communities across Kansas also hit Jefferson County very hard.

"This storm coming so close on its heels certainly isn't helping the recovery process," Wolters said.

Westar Energy crews were working through the snow this morning to try to restore power, the company said in a statement. According to the company's Web site, this afternoon 981 Jefferson County customers were without power. Also, Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative has reported fewer than 500 outages as of this afternoon, which is about 1,000 fewer than on Friday.

Cooperative officials expect their service area to be completely restored by late Tuesday, said Shana Holsteen, a spokeswoman for Kansas Electric Cooperatives Inc.

The snowfall in Lawrence has not caused major problems as of the early afternoon, said Sgt. William Cory, a Lawrence police spokesman. But that could change if more snow accumulates and more people start driving later today, he said.

Comments

Buggie 7 years, 6 months ago

The snow would not cause so much of a problem if city workers in the blade sand trucks would slow down and stop for red lights. I was at 27th & Iowa headin east and heading north I saw 2 of these truck which made it through the light but the other 2 behind them didnt even stop for the light and they had plenty of time to do so. Along with them running the red light was a normal city truck. Our light turned green and had we not stopped at the las moment they would have plowed us. They are supposed to be there to help the safety of the city but running red lights in this weather when they have ample time to stop is not a way to do it. booo city workers!!!!

Curtis Lange 7 years, 6 months ago

Police cars in this city don't follow the rules of the road, so why should anyone else? Kind of hard to effectively enforce the laws if the law themselves don't follow them.

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