Archive for Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lawrence’s Christmas Eve weather forecast calls for snow, but drizzle may arrive first

December 22, 2010


Kansas weather updates, via Twitter

Lawrence could see up to an inch of snow by the end of the day Friday, making the probability of a white Christmas a good one.

The National Weather Service is calling for a slight chance of freezing drizzle late Thursday afternoon followed by sleet and then snow into the evening hours. Snow is expected to taper off Friday afternoon.

NWS meteorologist Jenifer Bowen said the chance for freezing drizzle on Thursday afternoon is fairly slim.

“Especially in Lawrence, you may see all snow,” she said.

On Tuesday, forecasters were calling for as much as two inches of snow in Lawrence. But models showing a weather system moving further south into Texas have caused forecasters to lower their predictions of how much snow Lawrence could see.

Thursday’s storm could bring one to three inches of snow to the southern part of Douglas County and southern Kansas City, Bowen said.

Cold weather will mean that whatever snow does fall will stick around for Christmas Day. The high temperature for Saturday is expected to reach into the upper 20s to lower 30s.

Historically, the chance of a white Christmas in northeast Kansas ranges between 11 percent to 25 percent.

It should be no surprise that the record for Christmas snow was in 2009 when Lawrence was in the midst of a blizzard; the NWS reported 4.1 inches in northeast Kansas.

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bkreed1960 7 years, 6 months ago

Snow, yes! Freezing rain, no! I definitely don't want a repeat of last year where it played havoc with Christmas travel plans.

begin60 7 years, 6 months ago

The queen of typos asks: planing or planning?

wmathews 7 years, 6 months ago

Whoops! Thanks for catching that! I fixed it.

Whitney Mathews Assistant Community Editor for Online

Chrissy Neibarger 7 years, 6 months ago

So not looking forward to ice.. Snow I don't mind at all, 2 inches is a nice amount as to not impede travel, but 2 inches over ice is not fun at all!

Liberty275 7 years, 6 months ago

Have you tried drinking before? You know, beer goggles?

kjellifritt 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm not getting my hopes up. I have a gut feeling it's another meteorologists botched forecast.

I'll believe it when I see it!

Aileen Dingus 7 years, 6 months ago


Just figured I'd get that out there, preemptively. You know- just in case I'm busy on Christmas Eve and miss my chance then.

northtowngrl 7 years, 6 months ago

No worries Aileen, Grandma just doesn't get the Katie H. Joke. I did, though and I appreciate your taking the time to warn us. I'll add to it... Better dig out those helmets before you get too wrapped up in Christmas cheer!

Aileen Dingus 7 years, 6 months ago

Don't you mean colanders? Or are they strictly a spring thing?

Laura Wilson 7 years, 6 months ago

And the weather channel took the ice out for Lawrence yesterday morning and it's still not in the forecast.

Who are we supposed to believe!?

kernal 7 years, 6 months ago

In Kansas, the forecast changes hourly.

Richard Payton 7 years, 6 months ago

Will the City of Lawrence enforce the sidewalk snow removal ordinance if this occurs?

mr_right_wing 7 years, 6 months ago

....what do you think? Of course the Grinch will be out reporting you if you're actually spending time with your family opening presents instead of shoveling!!!

As far as this weather goes, now just issue a winter storm warning and it will be 2009 all over again!

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