Archive for Friday, March 27, 2009

Live weather updates: KDOT phone number, Web site responding slowly, if at all

5-10” of snow expected in Lawrence

KU senior Ashley Flink, Manhattan, makes a call while walking home in a freezing rain. The sleet and rain had arrived by noon on Friday, and the National Weather Service was calling for a winter storm warning with a chance of 5-6 inches of snow in the Lawrence area.

KU senior Ashley Flink, Manhattan, makes a call while walking home in a freezing rain. The sleet and rain had arrived by noon on Friday, and the National Weather Service was calling for a winter storm warning with a chance of 5-6 inches of snow in the Lawrence area.

March 27, 2009, 12:27 a.m. Updated March 27, 2009, 10:18 p.m.

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Snow started falling early this morning in Liberal, reducing visibility.

Snow started falling early this morning in Liberal, reducing visibility.

John Schippers prepares to check oil tank batteries south of Hays as a strong winds drive snow creating blizzard conditions and reducing the visibility to less than one-quarter mile in parts of Kansas on Friday.

John Schippers prepares to check oil tank batteries south of Hays as a strong winds drive snow creating blizzard conditions and reducing the visibility to less than one-quarter mile in parts of Kansas on Friday.

10:15 p.m.: Lawrence, Manhattan and Topeka are still waiting for the rain to turn to snow, according to 6News meteorologist Craig Gold. We're currently seeing conditions flopping between sleet and rain across east and central Kansas.

The snow will probably arrive at about 5 or 6 a.m. Saturday, Gold said. Temperatures in the mid-30s are discouraging snow from forming. Winds could hit 35 miles per hour tomorrow - just three miles an hour short of what would be considered blizzard conditions.

9:25 p.m.: The winter weather watch is slated to start at 1 a.m. Saturday, but an ice/rain mix is already falling in downtown Lawrence. With temperatures at 35 degrees, the streets are not icing over.

The rain and sleet should change to snow as the night progresses.

7:35 p.m. The storm has moved in though precipitation is falling as rain across most of Lawrence.

The National Weather Service in Topeka is predicting three to six inches of snow for Lawrence, while the weather service in Kansas City is predicting six to eight inches, and more than eight inches just a bit further south.

Precipitation is expected to turn from rain to snow during the overnight hours.

5:01 p.m. Worried about your plants?

The snow shouldn't pose a problem — and may actually help — but frigid temperatures could be a problem. An extension agent said temperatures below 25 degrees could damage blooming plants — much like happened two years ago.

The snow, however, could actually protect the plants down to 25 degrees or lower.

4:41 p.m. Though it's been a fairly quiet day in Lawrence and across Douglas County, the blizzard raging in Southwest Kansas claimed its first victim in Kansas.

The first storm-related fatality was reported in Marion County, state emergency management officials said.

One person died in a weather-related crash Friday afternoon. Two others were injured.

Several wrecks and slide offs have been reported in western and central Kansas.

3:23 p.m. All highways in seven southwest Kansas counties have been closed because high winds are causing drifting snow and near-zero visibility, the Kansas Department of Transportation said.

Snowplows have been pulled off the roads in some areas because of dangerous, whiteout conditions, KDOT said.

2:58 p.m.The Associated Press is reporting 12" of snow — and drifts of up to four feet — in portions of far western Kansas.

Other, more southern areas, including Arkansas City, are seeing a quarter of an inch of ice accumulating before the snow even arrives.

So far, precipitation in Lawrence has been mostly spotty and a mix of rain and sleet.

1:49 p.m. The National Weather Service has moved the winter storm warning back to 1 a.m. Saturday until 7 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to a mix of ice, sleet and snow expected during the afternoon and evening Friday, the weather service is predicting 6 to 8" of snow or more across the area. Gusts of wind on Saturday may significantly reduce visibility across the area.

1:39 p.m. Roads are being closed all over the state, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

So far, the closures are nowhere near Lawrence, but KDOT reports that the Kansas Turnpike between west Lawrence and Bonner Springs is mostly covered with ice.

1:28 p.m.6News meteorologist Alex Harrington is revising estimates for snowfall and timing.

He says Lawrence should see 5 to 10" of snow — with the snowfall starting in late evening and going through the overnight hours.

More snow, as well as significant accumulations of ice, are expected south and east and Lawrence, especially along I-35.

1:25 p.m. People seeking information about highway closings in Kansas could experience problems getting the information, the Kansas Department of Transportation said in a Twitter message.

The message indicates people calling 511 could get a busy signal, due to high demand.

KDOT said it’s because of a switching overload at the phone company.

Online road closing information is also loading slowly, KDOT said.

12:48 p.m.The Associated Press is reporting highway closings across a wide swath of Kansas as a snow storm moves through the state.

Heavy snow and 40-mile-an-hour winds created dangerous driving conditions as the storm moved through the Dodge City area. The National Weather Service in Wichita reported ice was building up on trees, power lines and roads in southeast Kansas Friday morning.

12:36 p.m. The Kansas Adjutant General's office has activated the State Emergency Operations Center because of heavy snow and blizzard conditions in southern and western Kansas.

“We urge Kansans to avoid traveling today and tomorrow in areas impacted by the storm,” State Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting said in a statement. “Road conditions can deteriorate quickly forcing closures and requiring travelers to find shelter. If you must travel, a full tank of gas and an emergency kit with food, water, medicine and blankets is critical.”

The Adjutant General's office is also helping Kansans stay up-to-date on their activities in the storm via Twitter, @KansasEmergency.

11:47 a.m. We've received reports of rain and sleet freezing to people's windows in Lawrence.

Take photos and send them in via our Web site, or via Twitter @LJWorld.

11:11 a.m. Mark Thiel, the city’s assistant public works director, said sleet has been reported in Lawrence, but road sensors indicated that all road temperatures in Lawrence are above 34 degrees.

“They get colder as you move west,” Thiel said.

While the temperatures are above freezing now, he expected that to change as the day moves on.

The city plans to issue a news release with important weather information after 2 p.m. today, Thiel said.

11:02 a.m. The Kansas Department of Transportation reports ice accumulating on the Kansas Turnpike between Lawrence and Bonner Springs as well as Lawrence and Topeka.

10:54 a.m. Friday City of Lawrence crews has been preparing their snow removal trucks all morning, said Tom Orzulak, street division manager.

“We’re planning for 10 inches of snow,” he said.

Area grocery stores say they’ve been particularly busy ahead of the expected snow, with a noticeable increase in customers both yesterday and today.

10:36 a.m. Friday A line of precipitation just moved through downtown as sleet, leaving uncovered surfaces a little bit slick.

10:22 a.m. Friday 6News Meteorologist Alex Harrington says the heavy snow bands looks to have moved toward Topeka a little bit, with Topeka being the line between a dusting and 8" of snow.

Harrington says Lawrence is looking at 6-10" of snow — but not starting until after midnight.

8:42 a.m. Friday The Kansas Department of Transportation reports that it will be unable to pretreat roads because rain in the forecast would wash it all away. Crews are on standby, however, to begin treating and plowing as snow falls.

8:31 a.m. Friday The National Weather Service has upgraded Lawrence to a winter storm warning, effective from 7 p.m. tonight until 7 p.m. Saturday.

Lawrence is the terminating point for a band of heavy snow that could produce 8" of snow, with locally higher amounts, according to the National Weather Service. According to the latest snowfall predictions from the Weather Service, areas as close as Topeka could see only 2-4", so any variation in the heavy snow band could result in Lawrence seeing much less snow.

The precipitation is expected to start as rain this evening before turning to sleet and then snow during the overnight hours.

5:36 a.m. Friday:

Lawrence made it through the night without any snowfall or winter weather, but it's an unseasonably cold 33 degrees. Temperatures plummeted from 42 degrees at midnight and aren't expected to top 40 until Sunday at the earliest.

4:01 a.m. Friday:

The temperature has leveled out at 36 degrees, and light rain is falling in Lawrence. The radar suggests the morning's most consistent precipitation has passed, but the area is still under a "Winter Storm Watch" through Saturday.

2:44 a.m. Friday:

The temperature keeps dropping, but the drizzle has died. It's 37 degrees in Lawrence, with overcast skies. According to The Kansas Department of Transportation, the Kansas Turnpike between Topeka and Lawrence is still wet.

1:25 a.m. Friday:

The temperature in Lawrence has dipped to 39 degrees, and steady light rain is still falling. Temperatures aren't low enough to ice roads over: The Kansas Department of Transportation is still reporting Kansas Turnpike conditions as wet.

12:27 a.m. Friday:

Lawrence is experiencing steady light rain. The temperature is 41 degrees and roads are wet in downtown Lawrence.

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, conditions on the Kansas Turnpike between Topeka and Lawrence are wet.

Reporter Asher Fusco, Jesse Fray, Shawn Linenberger and online editor Jonathan Kealing contributed to this story.

Comments

Chris Ogle 6 years, 2 months ago

It aint goin happen Bob, I don't care what Katie says. We have a game to watch tonight.

aha 6 years, 2 months ago

"Crews are on standby, however, to being treating and plowing as snow falls."

... but not until the snow reaches 3+ inches on all the (major) roads.

Poon 6 years, 2 months ago

Prediction for Sunday morning:

Random Lawrence resident. "Half an inch of snow in my backyard. What about that 8-12 we were warned about?"

Random Baldwin resident. "Half an inch? Are ya kidding? I had to shovel two inches of snow to get the car out. It was like a blizzard out here!"

Random Lawrence resident. "How come you guys in Baldwin always get more snow?"

Random Baldwin Resident: Less SUVs in Baldwin causing global warming.

Random Local Walmart Conspiracy Theorist: "Ottawa got three inches, this has Wal-Mart conspiracy written all over it."

Random Local Media: "We said 1-3 inches all along. This media outlet never said 8-12 like all the others."

Poon 6 years, 2 months ago

Alternate prediction for Sunday morning.

Random Lawrence resident #1. "14 inches of snow, rediculous!

Random Lawrence resident #2. "This snow does not have any connections to the Lawrence area. Unfortunately, riff raff snow from Topuka and Cain City have infiltrated Lawrence."

KU issues the follwing statement. "The KU community offers is saddened and shocked by the tragic dumping of snow in Lawrence. We are thankful that there were no serious injuries. We urge all students to be careful in the Kansas weather. Lawrence remains a safe and secure city where people of all backgrounds are welcomed."

Random Lawrence resident # 3. "Screw the riff-raff snow from Topuka and Cain City.

Random Lawrence resident # 4. "Ban snowmobiles, sleds, skis, and all people who like them."

Poon 6 years, 2 months ago

HAHA Multi - I love it!

Well, Beo, I noticed the same thing. My suggestion is that precip is relative. It is only snowing if you think it is snowing.

Chris Ogle 6 years, 2 months ago

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Linda Aikins 6 years, 2 months ago

omg too funny! I suspect it will be worse tomorrow morning, xbusguy. It will be even colder...

I'm surprised no one has Andini-d the snow yet!

Poon 6 years, 2 months ago

27 March 2009 at 9:40 a.m.

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Permalink Gootsie (Anonymous) says…

omg too funny! I suspect it will be worse tomorrow morning, xbusguy. It will be even colder…

I'm surprised no one has Andini-d the snow yet!

Nobody likes to be a flake. Nobody. The other flakes hurt you, sometimes very badly. First you become a flake because your father says you should. Then you become a flake to get the girls. If you continue being a flake, you do it for the scholarships, and to get the girls. Then you do it for the money and the girls. Then you just get to watch other people be flakes, and that is fun. But nobody likes to be a flake. Nobody.

Poon 6 years, 2 months ago

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Poon 6 years, 2 months ago

Poon falls off chair laughing at the beautiful post by Autie at 9:47...

Chris Ogle 6 years, 2 months ago

being old sure is fun isn't it....told my mailman Lester to just keep all that AARP crap.... I don't any reminders. ... I feel it...

Linda Aikins 6 years, 2 months ago

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Poon 6 years, 2 months ago

Nope, don't drink Tang. I like to LamPoon though...

Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 2 months ago

no snow no snow no snow no snow You think if I keep saying it over and over it will all go away? no snow no snow no snow no snow...

Chris Ogle 6 years, 2 months ago

Darn Momma, I wish you would of mentioned that earlier... just spiked my coffee no shnow, sho no, no show, no snow, no snow.... got it now. I am in this thing. (no more spiking the coffee)

Linda Aikins 6 years, 2 months ago

Mine was pulled too logic! That may be the first time they've done that. I guess they listen to Bob and Tom too.

Sorry LJW!

Chris Ogle 6 years, 2 months ago

Being the glass half full type.... I figured they didn't pull mine... it just ran away out of embarassment.

Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 2 months ago

no xbusguy keep spiking the coffee it is good for you:) keeps you warm.

Christine Anderson 6 years, 2 months ago

Okay, I want to see how long it takes for this to be removed.(ha,ha). There is nothing more disappointing than being promised 6-10 inches, and getting two! Bring on the snow! It'll make me feel less homesick.

Chrissy Neibarger 6 years, 2 months ago

Grr... just had to scrape ice to go out and grab lunch. I hate scraping ice.

mistygreen 6 years, 2 months ago

lmao @ justfornow - If I may ask, what makes you think that males are superior drivers in winter weather? What if the "Little Woman" does not have a male driver she can depend on? Is she suposed to ride the bus? Take a taxi? Call you perhaps?

Lori Tapahonso 6 years, 2 months ago

"Harrington says Lawrence is looking at 6-10" of snow — but not starting until after midnight."

What a cruel, cruel world...snow to begin falling after midnight on a Saturday! Roads should be clear by Monday. Sorry kids...no snowday! hehe

Raider 6 years, 2 months ago

Why is LJW all up Twitters a$$ all of a sudden? Every post on this blog is encouraging you to send updates out on Twitter. Are they paying LJw to advertise or something?

kusp8 6 years, 2 months ago

Like I've said earlier, if I get interrupted tonight watching the game there will be a Topeka style throwdown with Sunflower.

Raider 6 years, 2 months ago

chuckabee24- "Like I've said earlier, if I get interrupted tonight watching the game there will be a Topeka style throwdown with Sunflower."

Now you know any time a weather man (or Katie) can interrupt ANYTHING they're going to do it. Local networks in KC would interrupt Barack Obama just to tell you about a little wind gust. I'd expect SOME sort of interruption tonight that is weather related.

Poon 6 years, 2 months ago

Well, it must be bandemonium on the thread today. Perhaps my ampersands were a dead givaway.

(No poetry intended)

Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 2 months ago

ok back to chanting, no snow no snow no snow no snow no snow now snow...

tonymontana 6 years, 2 months ago

I have a live weather update. It's called a window.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 2 months ago

The city plans to issue a news release with important weather information after 2 p.m. today, Thiel said.

okay, its after 2p.m. and ... uh no announcement. plus, what can the city add to this: "today as an experiment, we are using green salt on the roads. and, oh by the way, the waste water treatment plant has a special snow melt acquisition program [smap] going and we're excited to test it today."

kusp8 6 years, 2 months ago

I'm thinking this reporting is starting to become incendiary instead of informative with it's foreshadowing of horrendous conditions elsewhere. Just my two cents.

d_prowess 6 years, 2 months ago

Jonathan and the LJW crew should throw up an online poll for people to guess how much snow we will actually get.
Something like: None; 1-3; 4-6; 7-9; 10+

james bush 6 years, 2 months ago

Thx LJW.......this is a good idea today........appreciate the effort..........keep it up.

overthemoon 6 years, 2 months ago

"So far, the closures are nowhere near Lawrence, but KDOT reports that the Kansas Turnpike between west Lawrence and Bonner Springs is mostly covered with ice."

I left work in KC early because of this report and a check on the KDOT website. The roads, all the way to Lawrence, were dry as a bone. I can understand not being able to forecast a storm with precision, but calling dry roads icy and snowpacked is just ridiculous.

trinity 6 years, 2 months ago

wanna know what i'm most worried about at the moment? KU game is going to be on channel 5; now, how often do y'all suppose katietornadie is going to interrupt the game to tell us what we need in our emergency disaster kits, because the snownami/blizzamaggedon is upon us. skeery thought. :-/

trinity 6 years, 2 months ago

well i made some fresh cookies, have plenty of milk and bread and peanut butter, oh yes and the barley pop is in abundance....let 'er rip, i'm ready!

along those lines...needed a few items to complete my cookiefest, so stopped at the grocery after work, about noonish; it was nearly a senior citizen riot! i had to chuckle...i mean c'mon-the temps monday are supposed to be 50ish??? seriously? stranded one day and need two cases of bottled water??

it was actually kinda cute.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 2 months ago

is this the stop-the-presses city weather announcement?: NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, March 27, 2009, 4:10pm

PREPARED BY: Roger Steinbrock, 785-832-3458

DAM RUN CANCELLED; RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 11

LAWRENCE- The Special Events Division of Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department has cancelled the Dam Run scheduled for tomorrow due to the forecasted inclement weather.

I think "forecasted" is wrong usage here, should be "forecast" as the past tense.

D you got your wish, we gotta a poll.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 2 months ago

besides, I wish our city officials could set a better example and refrain from cursing when they must make announcements.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 2 months ago

so I tuned in the Weather Channel this afternoon to get an idea about the coming major storm.

... what I got instead was an update on Washington DC's d----d cherry blossoms.

there was one good thing though: I found with the decay of the Weather Channel, they still have Vivian Brown working there. want more of her and less of cherry blossoms.

Chris Ogle 6 years, 2 months ago

Tonight: A wintry mix of precipitation this evening will give way to rain and snow mixed overnight. Low 31F. Winds NNE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precip 90%.

alm77 6 years, 2 months ago

In case Katie Tornadie interrupts, we can always light up the phone lines:

http://www.kctv5.com/station/13482521/detail.html

Chris Ogle 6 years, 2 months ago

The Baldwin City Community Wellness Festival on Saturday has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled.

I just love Baldwin.... lets sleep in..want to.... no need to reschedule

Linda Aikins 6 years, 2 months ago

Just got back on. 54 is closed? Not since blizzard of 1969 or 1970!!!'

Chris Ogle 6 years, 2 months ago

Bill Self is still the best coach ever !!!!!!!!!

jkealing5 6 years, 1 month ago

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