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Archive for Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Winter delivers another blast

Heavy, wet snow produces chills, thrills and vehicular spills

Conner Marsh, 3, tosses a shovel full of snow off a stairway as he works with his mother, Rochelle Marsh, and brother Carson, 2, pictured in background at right. Parts of the Lawrence area received up to 4 inches of snow Monday night and early Tuesday, according to Matt Elwell, 6News meteorologist.

Conner Marsh, 3, tosses a shovel full of snow off a stairway as he works with his mother, Rochelle Marsh, and brother Carson, 2, pictured in background at right. Parts of the Lawrence area received up to 4 inches of snow Monday night and early Tuesday, according to Matt Elwell, 6News meteorologist.

February 14, 2007

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The snow that fell on Lawrence by Tuesday morning created a pain for motorists and again forced homeowners to bring out the snow shovels.

But for Amanda Rose, a Free State High School sophomore, it meant sledding down the hill at Centennial Park and going home, eating chicken-noodle soup and relaxing after classes were canceled for the third time this school year.

Tuesday's snow day means that members of Lawrence school board will likely decide between adding minutes to the school day or adding a whole day to meet state instructional criteria, which is 1,116 hours.

"I was like, whatever, I'd rather have a break in-between," Rose said Tuesday morning.

Jennifer Schack, 6News chief meteorologist, said the storm hit the area and dropped anywhere from 1 to 4 inches around parts of Lawrence and about 3 inches downtown. The storm picked up steam and carried heavier snowfalls as it moved across Indiana and Ohio on Tuesday.

"We really were on the back edge of the storm as it developed," Schack said.

The rain that preceded the snow created a sheet of ice under the snow on sidewalks and streets.

State highway, county road and city street workers worked to plow the way for traffic. Law enforcement agencies reported no major injury accidents, just a few slide-offs and fender benders.

6News weather forecast for Wednesday, February 14

6News meteorologist Jennifer Schack brings us today's forecast as well as predictions for the rest of the week. Enlarge video

Lawrence police spokeswoman Kim Murphree said Tuesday afternoon that officers had responded to 15 noninjury accidents.

Residents attempted to clear their sidewalks and driveways Tuesday morning.

"As soon as it stops I try to get out here because that's when the snow is the lightest," said Madina Salaty, as she shoveled near Ninth and Illinois streets.

The low temperatures and 30 mph wind gusts did make it brutally cold outside. The wind is expected to die down today, but the forecast high is 18 for today and 17 for Thursday, Schack said. The snow may begin to melt Friday as temperatures climb above freezing.

The freezing temperatures apparently kept most students and school employees at home. Businesses didn't report a sharp spike in traffic, even for the afternoon matinees.

"More than usual, but not by much," Jon Ratzlaff, a manager at South Wind 12 theaters, 3433 Iowa, said of business.

As Lawrence and other area school districts took the day off, KU students made the trek through the snow, ice and blustery winds. St. Lawrence Catholic Center offered cups of hot chocolate to anyone who walked by as a way to promote a an upcoming retreat.

"The hot chocolate is gone, so I'd assume the first hour went pretty well," said Gregory Wellnitz, a Neosho Rapids junior and a church staff member.

Wintry weather

- 6News reporter Hillary Green contributed to this report.

Comments

pimarkos 7 years, 2 months ago

I remember using a dishpan to slide down the hills of the park now called Centennial Park when I attended Pinckney School from 1924 to 1931 K through 6.

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bearded_gnome 7 years, 2 months ago

Hi, Bud. you staying warm? burning dung? or, burning the whaleoil? that is, politically speaking, of course.

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budwhysir 7 years, 2 months ago

Well, I would say that maybe the arctic cooling is taking over. If this trend continues, we may see a decline in global warming sometime around August

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bearded_gnome 7 years, 2 months ago

warming on mars, too...no human pollution there. antarctic ice caps growing. solar output up in two bands.

so, perhaps the earth is warming, but is it due to mankind? doubtful. remember, AlGore is certainly not a scientist.

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bearded_gnome 7 years, 2 months ago

good job Jennifer, you called this storm right on. thanks for a good job.

wow, it surely is cooooooooooold out there!

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snowWI 7 years, 2 months ago

budwhysir, This is actually one of the few times in the past many years that February has seen below normal temperatures for an extended period of time. 2006 was the warmest year ever in the US since records have been kept. The CPC ran an article about it a month or so ago.

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budwhysir 7 years, 2 months ago

With all the global warming going on, why is everyone saying it is so cold out???

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blue73harley 7 years, 2 months ago

Thanks Douglas County Road Crews! You guys do a great job on K10! You can sure tell when you hit the Johnson County line. Those guys SUCK!

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samsnewplace 7 years, 2 months ago

we are very lucky compared to New York, even though I hate winter very much.

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dhill00 7 years, 2 months ago

For those of you who apparently know nothing of global warming. It raises the temperatures of the oceans, thus it creates extreme changes in weather both cold and warm.

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KansasKel 7 years, 2 months ago

It's up to 5.0 degrees now, compmd! You probably ought to remove a layer of clothes!

My thinking is, if we have to have it this cold, we might as well have some pretty snow to enjoy along with it. (I almost typed snot instead of snow. Is that a Freudian slip?)

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greyheim 7 years, 2 months ago

yeah, we're a bunch of idiots.

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Reality_Check 7 years, 2 months ago

Had to close school for 3" of snow? Are you kidding me? I swear, they look for excuses. I think buses and cars can handle 3". Esp. here in SUV Land.

Note: Sandman was trolling for knee-jerk responses and you fell right into his trap.

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caveatguy 7 years, 2 months ago

sandman:"Hopefully, this cold month and a half will silence the global warming idiots for a bit." .. Goof: What a brilliant understanding of thermal circulation patterns and their relation to global warming.

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compmd 7 years, 2 months ago

Proud day for Lawrence schools. Close yesterday, but not today when it is 3.9 degrees out right now according this website. Yeah, because that's not as bad as a little snow. Right? Right? looks around frantically

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drake 7 years, 2 months ago

Thank God for Global Warming!!

I hate to imagine what my heating bill would be this Winter if not for that extra one degree.

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Leandra 7 years, 2 months ago

hopefully the cold and snow has killed some of the damm ticks......i had to pick some off my dog in frikin december!

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jonas 7 years, 2 months ago

Ha ha! Another of those "There can't be global warming, it's still cold some places, occasionally!" people!

Love it, love it!!

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ronwell_dobbs 7 years, 2 months ago

Eventually global warming will permanently sideline both the ignorists and the alarmists.

Average temperature, Sandman. That's what it is about.

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Sandman 7 years, 2 months ago

Hopefully, this cold month and a half will silence the global warming idiots for a bit.

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