Archive for Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Snow arrives in big way

Giant flakes put on winter show

KU students get a surprise greeting of snow as they pass between classes. The first snow fall of the year dropped some large and blowing flakes on Lawrence around noon Monday, Nov. 16, 2009.

KU students get a surprise greeting of snow as they pass between classes. The first snow fall of the year dropped some large and blowing flakes on Lawrence around noon Monday, Nov. 16, 2009.

November 17, 2009


First snow in Lawrence

More snow is headed our direction during the next 24 hours. The temperatures will be in the low 30s and rain is likely during the night. Douglas County is in a winter weather advisory until Tuesday morning.

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Mother Nature delivered her first punch of the season Monday, as a winter storm hit northeast Kansas.

While Lawrence saw intermittent snowfall that hardly stuck to the ground, areas north and west of the city saw up to a foot of snow. Hundreds of customers near Wamego were without power Monday night, as heavy snow knocked down poles and power lines.

“We were seeing very intense bands of rain and snow that were coming through,” said Matt Elwell, 6News meteorologist.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory through 6 a.m. this morning for Douglas County and areas to the west, prompting Lawrence city officials to activate the snow operations plan.

Lawrence street maintenance crews were scheduled to work in shifts overnight and into this morning, in case snow began accumulating, bridges got slick or travel conditions became otherwise treacherous. Crews spent the day Monday preparing salt and sand trucks to treat roads, in case temperatures dropped low enough for the moisture to become a problem.

The snow is expected to end today, producing a total of between 1 and 2 inches of snow by early morning, Elwell said.

“The wintry precipitation will subside, but it will still be a very cold rain,” said Elwell, who cautioned that bridges and overpasses might be particularly slick this morning. “Leave extra time for your morning commute.”

Lawrence police said at least 21 accidents were reported Monday, though a spokeswoman couldn’t say how many of them were weather-related.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 years ago

Good God, a few flakes fall and the news media goes berserk! It's winter, it snows on occasion, what is such a big deal??? This is headline material, a few flakes that melt when they hit the warm ground? What in the world is going on, you would think we have endured a nuclear attack??? Get real and find some real news to plaster all over your newsrag! Geeezzzzzzz!.

booze_buds_03 8 years ago

Do you realize you are not forced to read this story? You took time to comment on a story that you obviously disagreed with in the first place. You are an idiot.

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years ago

well my nine year old loved waking up and seeing the few flakes. I am just glad we did not get the foot of snow.

Amy Heeter 8 years ago

I wish it would have stuck. There is nothing like the first snow covering everything.

Maracas 8 years ago

This was snow in a "big way"? A few flakes and flurries? What will they say when it actually does snow a little bit? zOMG EVERYONE GET TO THE STORE AND BUY IT OUT AND PANIC PANIC PANIC!

BASSBOY402 8 years ago

I actually enjoyed the snow!! although it didn't accumulate on the ground, it was a good sight to see, and it brought the xmas spirit a little closer now!!

Thinking_Out_Loud 8 years ago

Maracas, the "big way" was a reference to the large size of the snow flakes, not the amount of snow hitting the ground. (See the subtitle "Giant flakes...".) Also, regardless of how much snow we got, the article says there was about a foot in Wamego, and they were without power. Which is consistent with what my sister in that area told me last night.

Bobbi Walls 8 years ago

frwent, technically it's still fall until December...but it was great seeing the first snow of the season. My kids loved it, and we can't wait for more.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years ago

Some of us enjoy reading about the weather. I like the changing of the seasons. At night the wind howls around our building like we were at the North Pole. I put in my vote for lots about the weather.

pmsharp 8 years ago

Galveston, Tx was nice today!!!!!!!!!

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