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25 years ago: Record-breaking cold snap causes hazardous driving conditions, but school is in session

December 2, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 2, 1985:

  • Any Lawrence residents who wanted to do some snuggling by the fire were in luck on this day in 1985, as the morning low of 2 degrees had broken a record of 5 degrees set in 1895. However, as it was a Monday morning, the rain, snow, sleet, and 30-below-zero wind chills were causing misery for drivers as they chipped ice from their windshields and negotiated the slick streets to go to work. Street department workers had been getting four to six hours of sleep each night since Thursday night as they tried to keep the city’s main arteries free of ice. Children were also out in the cold -- although some Kansas City schools had closed, Lawrence U.S.D. 497 schools were in session for the full day.
  • Meanwhile, up in Iowa, the storm system had dumped 16.5 inches of snow on Dubuque, and west coast states were warning ships at sea of the intensity of the system, which was causing 55 mph winds and sea swells of 15 feet.

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