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Archive for Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Snow, wind make traveling difficult

A long line of cars and trucks back up after a minor accident west of Lawrence Tuesday backed up traffic. A Kansas Turnpike snowplow moves down the left-hand lane in an effort to keep more motorists from suffering the same fate.

A long line of cars and trucks back up after a minor accident west of Lawrence Tuesday backed up traffic. A Kansas Turnpike snowplow moves down the left-hand lane in an effort to keep more motorists from suffering the same fate.

December 10, 2008

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Winter blast keeps law enforcement busy

Wintry conditions kept local law enforcement busy on Tuesday. Enlarge video

The blowing snow, slick spots on streets and crunching metal made for rude reminders that winter’s just around the corner.

“Snow shovels, ice melt, tube sand all seem to be pretty popular today,” said Scott Schmille, general manager of Westlake Ace Hardware, 601 Kasold Drive.

Only about an inch of precipitation had fallen in the area as the storm system left Douglas County on Tuesday afternoon, but freezing overnight temperatures should leave some slick spots on roads and sidewalks this morning, said Matt Elwell, 6News chief meteorologist.

The whirling, chilly winds are expected to taper off today as sunshine should break through the clouds, Elwell said. He predicted a high of 34 for today.

“The wind is going to be, in essence, light compared to (Tuesday),” Elwell said.

City crews were scheduled to continue their 24-hour operation treating streets through this morning. The overnight freeze could still create some trouble spots on hills, bridges and overpasses, said Mark Thiel, Lawrence’s assistant public works director.

“I think it’d be fair to warn that there could be some potentially slippery spots out there,” Thiel said.

Lawrence police reported 14 noninjury accidents and one injury accident in the city by mid-afternoon Tuesday. No serious injuries were reported on area highways, although law enforcement officers were kept busy with several slide-offs and fender benders.

Maritza A. Catilleja, 18, was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after her vehicle struck a tree at 1:45 p.m. on U.S. Highway 56 west of Baldwin City.

The slick conditions and blowing snow also caused problems for drivers Tuesday on the Kansas Turnpike.

Several wrecks were reported near Lawrence exits. Turnpike dispatchers said one woman was taken to LMH after a morning wreck on Interstate 70 east of Lawrence, but additional information was unavailable Tuesday. Although officers were busy, no major injuries were reported, dispatchers said.

The snow was not deep, which apparently made some drivers think they could drive fast, a Highway Patrol supervisor said.

“I think that’s what’s causing a majority of our problems,” said Capt. John Walters, who is part of the KHP’s operations on the turnpike.

Comments

Poon 5 years, 4 months ago

Don't try to go 80 MPH.Don't try to go 10 MPH.Just find a happy medium and keep it nice and steady.Don't slam on the gas.Don't slam on the brakes.Don't slam - just take it nice and easy.If you go into a skid, steer the car in the direction that you want it to go. Try to keep it pointed in the right direction.Avoid making sudden maneuvers that might cause you to slip or might make others nervous.Leave plenty of space - don't ride any tails.Just because somebody is not riding someone else's tail doesn't mean that you are invited to get between them.Make sure that your vehicle is ready. Make sure your fluids are topped up. Check your tires to make sure that the tread is good. Don't let them call you baldy. Rubber has a shelf life.Always look well ahead so that you can react in time to any problems.Use main roads as much as possible. Winter weather conditions are not conducive to a successful venture on a backroad.Move away from emergency vehicles if at all possible.Take warm clothes and blankets incase you have to snuggle up somwhere that you didn't plan on doing so.Cat litter can help with traction.Ditches and gutters can be hidden under deep snow. Keep your car (and you mind) out of both.

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waka1 5 years, 4 months ago

dude driving in the snow sucks dude driving sucks i don't evan have a licsends and havnt driven in over two years

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