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Snowstorm a real blast for fun-seeking sledders

January 22, 2007

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Children and parents enjoy sledding down the hill at Centennial Park. Snow fell from Saturday afternoon through early Sunday, leaving about 3 inches of wet snow ideal for outdoor activities.

Children and parents enjoy sledding down the hill at Centennial Park. Snow fell from Saturday afternoon through early Sunday, leaving about 3 inches of wet snow ideal for outdoor activities.

A week after dealing with landscapes coated with ice, Lawrence-area residents woke up Sunday to a far more inviting winter scene - a thick blanket of snow covering the community.

The snow started Saturday afternoon and continued through the early morning hours Sunday. The average accumulation across Douglas County was 3 inches, said 6News Meteorologist Sarah Jones. The last time the area had that much accumulation was the snowstorm of Dec. 17, 2005.

Though roads were slick, local emergency dispatchers reported no major accidents or injuries. By Sunday evening, most roads had been cleared and drivers were having few problems getting around town.

Unlike last weekend, when it was dangerous just to step outside, Sunday was a good day for winter activities. All the usual hot spots had plenty of sledders and snowboarders.

At Centennial Park, dozens of kids lined up along the hilltop near Sixth Street and Rockledge Road and launched themselves down toward the creek. Sleds were the primary means of snow transportation, but one group of girls brought an inner tube to the hill.

Nine-year-old Caitlin Stout took turns with other girls as they piled two and three high on the tube. Caitlin said she went out last weekend, but she preferred this storm's snow.

"It has the best snow," she said. "This week's better because the sleet and ice doesn't hit you in the face."

Over by Campanile Hill on the Kansas University campus, the sledders were a bit more enterprising about their transportation. One man even rode a toilet seat from along Memorial Drive all the way out onto Potter Lake.

Reece Conklin, 12, had his snowboard out for its first use of the season. Conklin said Sunday's snow was great because it let him go really far and really fast on his snowboard, which he insisted was safer than a sled.

The opportunities for sledding may not vanish as soon as the temperature rises above freezing.

"I'm keeping my eye on next weekend," Jones said. "It's so far out and such a slight chance, though, that I can't make any predictions."

Winter blast

Comments

KansasPerson 7 years, 11 months ago

My husband took this cool video while sledding down the hill:

Soapdish 7 years, 11 months ago

Awesome video KP! I spent a good 3 hours out behind Carruth sledding yesterday. I'm so sore but we had soooo much fun!

compmd 7 years, 11 months ago

And then there was the Red Lyon vs. Jackpot snowball fight after the bars closed saturday night. It was absolutely marvelous. Everyone was smiling and laughing and throwing snowballs at people they didn't even know. Everyone was happy, it was one of those perfect "only in lawrence" moments, and I'm never going to forget it.

budwhysir 7 years, 11 months ago

Think of how this sledding would have been if we didnt have so many houses built around town. And to think, they are all empty anyway.

If the city could charge for sledding, they could lower our property taxes and get us out from under this over stock of empty houses.

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