Archive for Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday morning brings sleet, snow; winter weather advisory in place

Chris Berger, employee of Keys Landscaping, stops his snow blower as passersby approach on the sidewalks in front of Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday morning, Feb 21, 2010 before church services. Lawrence received a dusting of snow and sleet overnight Saturday and through Sunday morning. From left are

Chris Berger, employee of Keys Landscaping, stops his snow blower as passersby approach on the sidewalks in front of Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday morning, Feb 21, 2010 before church services. Lawrence received a dusting of snow and sleet overnight Saturday and through Sunday morning. From left are

February 21, 2010, 12:00 a.m. Updated February 21, 2010, 3:16 p.m.


Overnight weather for February 21, 2010

The snow flurries should taper off as the evening wears on. Temperatures will be dropping into the low 20s and the winds will be picking up, making for a chilly evening. Enlarge video

City crews prepare for more winter weather

City crews are readying the plows and street treatments for the possibility of more winter weather this weekend. The plows will not be deployed unless at least three inches of snow accumulates in the city. Enlarge video

One in critical condition after snow plow accident

The driver of a snow plow was in serious condition Sunday after an accident involving a semi-truck. The snow plow flipped over during the accident. Enlarge video

I-70 closed Sunday after accident

Parts of Interstate 70 west of Lawrence were closed Sunday morning after an accident involving a semi-truck. The lanes were reopened around 11:30 a.m. Enlarge video

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3:13 p.m.

The National Weather Service has replaced the winter storm warning with a winter weather advisory. The winter weather advisory is set to run through midnight.

The NWS bulletin projects light snowfall in north-central Kansas through Sunday evening, with additional accumulation of less than one inch.

3:03 p.m.

Although most city streets are passable, Lawrence Police officers have responded to at least three non-injury accidents and one slide-off this afternoon.

Westar Energy is currently reporting 154 Douglas County customers without power, with the main outage concentrated near the intersection of 24th and Iowa streets.

12:31 p.m.

The National Weather Service has adjusted the winter storm warning for Douglas and surrounding counties. Instead of terminating at 6:00 a.m. Monday, the warning is now set to expire at midnight. The service's latest bulletin indicates Sunday afternoon's heaviest snow will fall north of Douglas County.

Westar Energy is now reporting 32 of its Douglas County customers are without power.

10:37 a.m.

After receiving several hours' worth of sleet Sunday morning, Lawrence started picking up snow at about 9:00 a.m. Heavy snowfall lasted until about 10 a.m. when precipitation changed to light snowfall.

According to 6News meteorologist Greg Postel, the Lawrence area should receive 2 to 3 more inches of snowfall this afternoon, to bring the total accumulation to as much as 5 inches.

"We should see off-and-on bands of moderate snow here and there," Postel said. "It shouldn't be continuous and at that rate I'd doubt it will be (falling at) even an inch an hour."

Despite the icy conditions and reports of at least one cable line down, Westar Energy is reporting fewer than 10 Douglas County customers are without power.

5:34 a.m.

A steady cold rain is showering the area this morning.

Traffic incidents have toned down in the early-morning hours but the roads are still slick. The below-freezing temperatures should ensure some icy patches will plague some streets, so drive with caution. City crews have been working overnight to treat roadways and help prevent ice buildup.

The freezing rain is expected to continue into the afternoon Sunday, at which time the National Weather Service expects snow to prevail. As many as 4"-7" of snow accumulation are possible throughout the day Sunday, according to 6News meteorologist Matt Miller.

The winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.

2:55 a.m.

Despite varying estimates, the Lawrence area can still expect significant snow accumulation — 4-7 inches — today, said 6News Meteorologist Matt Miller. A winter storm warning also remains in effect until 6 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Miller said the snow accumulation will occur during the day today, tapering off by the evening. The ice from Saturday night and early this morning — up to an inch — should stick around, thanks to below-freezing temperatures throughout the morning.

Miller warned of potentially hazardous road conditions throughout today.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the 20s and 30s through Monday night, when they’ll dip to the teens, before warming up to highs in the mid-30s on Tuesday.

— Shaun Hittle

Major roads in Douglas County are listed by the Kansas Department of Transportation as wet and slushy, with only Interstate 70 currently falling in the snowpacked/icy category. Emergency dispatchers continue to receive calls of vehicles sliding off roadways as freezing rain falls on the area. The temperatures are still hovering in the low 30s, helping most of the precipitation to melt on contact.

12:00 a.m.

A light wintry mix is currently falling on Lawrence, continuing to make driving conditions less than ideal. Travel is still discouraged unless necessary.

A layer of ice is expected to blanket the area and stick into Sunday morning thanks to above-freezing temperatures.


9:58 p.m.

The snow continues to fall in Lawrence and the temperatures are dipping below freezing.

Roads in Douglas County are wet and slick in some spots, but emergency dispatchers said no roads in particular were more hazardous than others. There have been numerous reports in Douglas and surrounding counties of cars sliding off the roads, though most of the activity took place about 6 p.m.

The National Weather Service is currently predicting occasional periods of wintry mix or freezing rain, which will continue to make driving more difficult. The NWS advises staying off the roads if at all possible.

Winds are also expected to pick up into Sunday afternoon, making the possible 4 to 7 inches of snowfall more troublesome for travelers. Snow is expected to subside by Sunday evening.

8:30 p.m.

While the National Weather Service scaled back snowfall estimates for the area from 4 to 7 inches to 2 to 4 inches, 6News Meteorologist Matt Miller said recent computer models show the Lawrence area can still expect 4 to 7 inches of snow on Sunday.

Tonight, Miller said to expect ice and freezing drizzle. "I think it's going to be a bad night," he said.

The ice will stick thanks to above-freezing temperatures Sunday morning, followed by the heavy snowfall throughout the day, tapering off by Sunday evening.

4:10 p.m.

The most recent bulletin from National Weather Service calls for snow accumulation totals ranging from 2 to 4 inches in an area of northern Kansas that includes Lawrence. The most dangerous part of this weekend's storm could be ice, as ice accumulation is projected to fall in the range of 1/10th of an inch to 1 inch.

Precipitation should pick up intensity later tonight. The heaviest period of snowfall is projected to come Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service warns that travel could be very hazardous or impossible because of the significant ice accumulation.

11:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service has upgraded Douglas and surrounding counties to a winter storm warning running through 6 a.m. Monday.

The most recent forecast calls for widespread precipitation beginning tonight and continuing through Sunday afternoon before tapering off Sunday night. The most significant precipitation is expected to fall early Sunday morning through mid-afternoon Sunday.

Anywhere from 4 to 7 inches of snow accumulation is expected along with some sleet in the area south of Interstate 70. Blowing snow and snowpacked roads will create poor driving conditions from dawn Sunday morning through at least Sunday evening.


kusp8 8 years, 2 months ago

Roads are getting bad! I just slid about 100 ft before I was able to come to a complete stop! Be careful out there!

Kent Fisher 8 years, 2 months ago

At 11:00 a.m., radar clearly shows the storm is almost past Lawrence with little precipitation falling. Yet, this article still forecast 2-3" of additional snow. Give me a break...the only forecast I need is from radar.

Angela Heili 8 years, 2 months ago

I hope you're right KUHOOPS. The storm seems to be looping around and new precipitation forming over Emporia and headed our way. I'm so ready for summer!!!

Adrienne Sanders 8 years, 2 months ago

So much for KUHOOPS' radar- it's 1:30 and it's still snowing like crazy. Sometimes the weather doesn't move in a straight line.

Angela Heili 8 years, 2 months ago

I agree dulcinea47. I was just going to post that there is yet another bit of precipitation that is forming right over us. You have to put the radar in motion to see where the storm was and is headed. Then you'll get a clear picture of what's really going on.

Stay warm!!

olmsted78 8 years, 2 months ago

um, you'll never get a "clear" picture of what's going on....from radar...from forecaster...from instinct....fact is, weather patterns are nearly impossible to predict on a local level. I'm convinced. i've seen snow when there is nothing on the radar. i've seen nothing when we are "covered" on the radar. There is no rhyme, there is no reason. I'm sick of tracking these things and interacting in all the hub-bub, just to experience something different. I give up.

olmsted78 8 years, 2 months ago

right now i see about an inch and a half of snow outside....roads look fine, cars driving faster than ever actually! What is a Winter Storm Warning?

classclown 8 years, 2 months ago

I need to go shovel all the snow off my driveway onto the sidewalk.

kernal 8 years, 2 months ago

When I first saw the title for this blog, I thought it was about Adelle Davis' books written in the 1930's to the 1970's about eating for nutritional health. As for the senior who told about eating cat stew, people in Europe were literally starving after WWII in both the Allied and Axis countries; food was hard to come by for a year or two after.

igby 8 years, 2 months ago

Pot hole alert as well!

The roads are trashed overnight due too the thaw and re-freezing!

Angela Heili 8 years, 2 months ago

Yes olmsted, sometimes it is hard to figure out what is going on before the storms get here. But if you watch the radar as the weather is happening you can get a better picture of what's going on. I didn't have any problem keeping track of the storm and watched as it developed and also as it dissipated and moved out of the area.

And yes as you stated the weather can be really odd and unpredictable. That's what makes it so interesting to me. If it's not interesting to you, that's ok. I'm sorry that you "never" get a clear picture of what's going on. There have been many times when there was a "clear" picture of what's going on. Not all storms are easy to forecast the amount of precipitation because of possible shifts in the storm. However some are easier to forecast and clear pictures of what will happen can be ascertained.

Have a great week!

olmsted78 8 years, 2 months ago

Oh no, it's plenty interesting to me. That's why i keep getting duped into getting excited about the anticipation of the "next big storm". Then the typical let down of another forecast gone awry. Granted, it isn't Candyland out there, but, nonethless, another day of scratching my head, wondering where that big storm went (North apparently). And for many, another storm is not always of the highest order, I just usually pull for them, personally.

You're right PM, the radars actually do almost tell us what is going on in real time, but by that point i could just be watching it out my window, or going for a walk in it, or shoveling it. And then sometimes, even the radar is showing something different than what's actually happening. For a science that can be so drastically varied in its accuracy, I just have to wonder why i care enough to keep listening to forecasts hours, days and weeks ahead of time....

But no, as far as an interest or passion, please don't misconstrue my bitterness for a lack of curiosity. It's just not worth tracking until it is already here, and that's just not as fun to me as accurately predicting the bloody future!

Angela Heili 8 years, 2 months ago

LOL, I hear ya there olmsted. I do the exact same things you do. I too get pretty ticked when the meteorologists say "oh yeah, lots of snow" then we get nothing. Drives me nuts. This past storm Gary Lezak was talking about 10 inches of snow. I didn't believe it for a second because we've not gotten that much snow in years and often times when they predict that much snow, we get maybe 2". I want their jobs. To get paid to be wrong constantly would be awesome! LOL

Have a great day!!

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