Archive for Friday, February 5, 2010

Snow snarls traffic; Ice, heavy snow predicted for Sunday, Monday

Greg Nichols, a researcher at Kansas University, shields himself from snowflakes with an umbrella as he waits in the cold at the corner of Fifth and Michigan streets for the "T" Bus, Friday, Feb. 5, 2010. Lawrence residents woke up to a blanket of snow and many faced slippery road conditions throughout the morning.

Greg Nichols, a researcher at Kansas University, shields himself from snowflakes with an umbrella as he waits in the cold at the corner of Fifth and Michigan streets for the "T" Bus, Friday, Feb. 5, 2010. Lawrence residents woke up to a blanket of snow and many faced slippery road conditions throughout the morning.

February 5, 2010, 2:06 p.m. Updated February 5, 2010, 4:24 p.m.


Snow challenges Lawrence drivers

Motorists were struggling to maneuver up the hills near Kasold Drive and Peterson Road Friday morning. About an inch of snow had fallen by the time this video was taken. City crews are on the roads treating with a mix of salt and sand. Enlarge video

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The snow that fell on northeast Kansas on Friday moved out of the area last night, but the area could soon be in for more winter weather.

According to 6News meteorologist Ashley Meenen, the Lawrence area should not see much additional accumulation today, but snow is expected to resume late Sunday and continue into Monday as part of a stronger winter weather system.

“It’s too soon for the models to have a complete handle on it, but this next system will bring more snow,” Meenen said. “It just looks like a stronger system. (Friday’s) system came through with temperatures holding in the low to mid-30s, but by Monday we’ll drop into the upper 20s.”

According to 6News meteorologist Greg Postel, the Lawrence area could get anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of snow starting after nightfall Sunday. That system is expected to clear out on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Friday’s storm had been expected to begin late Thursday, but warm temperatures kept precipitation from freezing until the start of the Friday morning commute. Slow travel conditions and minor vehicle accidents tied up traffic along sections of 23rd Street and Iowa Street.

Lawrence police responded to 42 vehicle accidents from midnight to noon Friday, according to police spokeswoman Kim Murphree. One of the accidents, in the 2200 block of Kasold Drive, was classified as an injury accident. Another, near the intersection of Peterson Road and Kasold Drive, was considered a minor injury accident.

Lawrence street division manager Tom Orzulak said city road crews had hit the streets by 5:30 a.m. Friday, and had treated all city streets by 11 a.m. Streets mostly were just wet throughout the day, but some roads with little or no traffic accumulated snow from the 3.5 inches that fell.

Orzulak said he was more concerned about the next wave of winter weather because of the forecast for lower temperatures.


Pywacket 4 years, 2 months ago

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think_about_it 4 years, 2 months ago

My time is more valuable than yours pywacket.

It is slowpokes like you that cause most of the accidents. You are probably the one driving 15 mph in the left lane that forces us to pull out in front of you so as not to be trapped behind 20 other cars following your holier than thou, expert cautious driver antics. It would make much more sense for you to just stay home in your little two wheel drive rice burner and let the real drivers get to their destination. Bitter old women should not be driving when the conditions are perfect much less when it is slick.


cheeseburger 4 years, 2 months ago

"But, if you compare it to a couple of years ago, I think what you’ll see is a significant reduction in the amount of potholes.” - Chucky Soules

Really? I think what I am seeing is a marked increase in the number of potholes and a greater number of those which ruin wheels, knock the front end of cars out of alignment, or worse, cause an accident.

Perhaps, Chucky, it really is time to concentrate on the maintenance of existing infrastructure, and quit wasting money on silly and unwarranted pet projects like signal lights for the walking trail!


cowboy 4 years, 2 months ago

Stay off of north bound Iowa between 15th and 10th , the lanes are disintegrating badly , jeez , thought I was on a four wheel trail with some mongo potholes.


GardenMomma 4 years, 2 months ago

Sadly Pywacket, common sense is oddly lacking these days.

That rude drivers are becoming the norm is even more sad. Everyone seems to be focused on the "me, me, me first!" mentality.

Does getting to your destination five to ten seconds faster REALLY mean that much to you?


Pywacket 4 years, 2 months ago

Forty-two accidents?????

How long does it take people to learn to drive in the winter? Even if they have some degenerative brain disease that causes them to forget everything they learn after 2 months, and they have to relearn winter driving every year, they should still have a clue by February--especially this year, as we have actually had a real winter.

I mean what makes people think it's a good idea to--


--pull out from a side street or driveway in front of thru traffic instead of waiting THEIR TURN?

--do the above, cutting someone off, then immediately hitting the brakes to make a left turn???

--change lanes by pushing their way between others, leaving 2 feet between them and the car they (a) are now tailgating and (b) the one they rudely cut off?

--drive way too fast for road conditions, weaving through traffic and forcing others to brake hard or swerve to avoid collision?

--run red lights and signs instead of anticipating them and slowing safely and early enough to stop?

--attempt to drive while running their mouths (to passenger or on phone), texting, eating fast food, fiddling with the radio, dealing with cancer sticks, yelling at kids, putting on makeup, etc.?

All these things are obnoxious enough under optimal driving conditions, but with hazardous roads, they result in.... what else? 42 accidents in one day. All because these people are so important and their time more valuable than that of the rest of us.


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