Archive for Sunday, January 3, 2010

Roads partly snowpacked; Snow flurries to continue overnight

Temperature expected to drop to 1 degree overnight

January 3, 2010, 12:00 a.m. Updated January 3, 2010, 5:44 p.m.


Overnight weather for January 2, 2010

Temperatures will remain low and there is a chance for some light snow accumulation. The snowfall could be in the area of one to three inches. Enlarge video

Light snow dusts Lawrence

A light snow fell Saturday night as winter weather descended on Lawrence once again. Snow accumulation is expected to be from one to three inches. Enlarge video

Kansas weather updates, via Twitter

Sunday, Jan. 3, 5:44 p.m.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reports all roads in Douglas County are at least partly snowpacked, with some listed as mostly snowpacked.

The brunt of Sunday's snow has passed northeast Kansas, but the National Weather Service projects flurries to continue through the night with temperatures dropping to 1 degree or colder.

Sunday, Jan. 3, 12:48 p.m.

The National Weather Service predicts a 30 percent chance of snow for the rest of Sunday, with a high temperature of about 13 degrees.

The quality of driving conditions in Lawrence varies from street to street. Crews and traffic seem to have cleared the sheets of snow and ice from sections of Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets downtown, while parts of Sixth and 23rd streets remain snowpacked or icy.

Sunday, Jan. 3, 10:51 a.m.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reports all major roads in Douglas County are completely snowpacked or icy.

Those roads include: the Kansas Turnpike, U.S. Highways 24, 40, 56 and 59, as well as Kansas Highway 10.

City crews continue to spread salt and sand on arterial and collector streets, while plowing generally begins when accumulation of snow exceeds three inches.

Sunday, Jan. 3, 9:51 a.m.

The City of Lawrence has completed first-round treatments of all city streets, including residential areas, according to a media release from Tom Orzulak.

Streets were treated with a sand-salt mixture, and some plowing has been done where needed. Orzulak said crews today would concentrate on arterial and collector streets, treating and plowing, before coming back through residential areas again for a second treatment.

According to Orzulak, Lawrence has received between two and three inches of snow, with additional accumulation possible today before snow ends tonight.

The City of Lawrence asks that you move all vehicles off of street to help crews more quickly and efficiently conduct street clearing operations.

Sunday, Jan. 3, 8:33 a.m.

There's good news and bad news regarding today's weather. Which would you like to read first?

Let's go with the good news first. Although a 60 percent chance of precipitation remains, a National Weather Service projection calls for less than 1 inch of additional snow accumulation before the flurries end tonight.

Now for the bad news. Wind chill values are expected to sit in the range of -1 to 4. Overnight the wind chill could drop to -8. Temperatures are not expected to top 16 degrees until Wednesday.

Sunday, Jan. 3, 12:28 a.m.

Keep those hats and gloves handy because winter is settling in to stay.

Douglas County isn’t expected to see temperatures rise above 20 degrees until next Saturday. And between now and then snow is in the forecast.

The National Weather Service described today’s temperatures as bitterly cold with a high of 17 degrees and wind around 5 mph. The nighttime low is predicted to be 5 degrees.

Up to 3 inches of snow is expected to accumulate before the snowfall ends today, and more snow is anticipated in the middle of the week.

“We aren’t going to see snow melting or going away anytime soon,” National Weather Service meteorologist John Woynick said.

The snow that began falling Saturday evening caused slick road conditions throughout Douglas County. An injury accident on the Kansas Turnpike near the East Lawrence interchange blocked traffic for about 45 minutes.

In preparation for the storm, street maintenance crews in Lawrence began working 12-hour shifts Saturday. The city urges residents to move vehicles off of the street to keep roadways clear for plow trucks.

With such cold temperatures and the possibility of blowing snow, Woynick reminded people to dress for the weather and for motorists to carry extra blankets, kitty litter to help with tire traction, and well-charged cell phones in case vehicles become stuck.

“In these kind of temperatures, it doesn’t take long to get frostbite or even hypothermia,” he said.

Saturday, Jan. 2, 9:08 p.m.

Lawrence street division manager Tom Orzulak said in a media release that as snow continues to fall throughout northeast Kansas, Lawrence street crews were in the process of treating the city's streets.

Crews have been treating streets with a mixture of salt and sand since 5:00 p.m. this evening and they will continue to treat roads throughout the night.

Saturday, Jan. 2, 6 p.m.

As more accidents are reported on city streets around Lawrence, one accident has been cleared.

Crews reopened the Kansas Turnpike to eastbound traffic after a rollover accident just west of milepost 204, the East Lawrence interchange.

City crews are out and working 12-hour shifts to treat roads as snow continues to accumulates.

Counties south of Douglas County are under a winter weather advisory, but for the moment Douglas County and points north, east and west are not under any severe weather warnings.

Saturday, Jan. 2, 5:30 p.m.

As snow falls across Lawrence, emergency crews were responding to a rollover accident on the Kansas Turnpike.

According to an alert put out by the Kansas Turnpike, eastbound traffic is blocked just west of the East Lawrence interchange, or milepost 204.

There was no immediate word as to the severity of the accident.

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2:08 p.m.

City street maintenance crews started work Saturday in anticipation of snow showers that could last until late Sunday.

Weather reports stated Lawrence could receive snow showers and some accumulation Saturday and Sunday, with the heaviest snowfall coming overnight Saturday. The city asks residents to move vehicles off of the street, if possible, to allow plow trucks room to operate.

According to the National Weather Service, Lawrence could see anywhere from one to three inches of accumulation overnight tonight, followed by a 50 percent chance of snow Sunday.

City snow removal crews will follow their policy of clearing major streets first, followed by residential and smaller streets.


ksteacher 8 years, 4 months ago

There is an extra layer of audio between seconds 8 and 38. Man would probably be a little embarrassed if he knew it was in there.

BigPrune 8 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like Earnest T. Bass.......maybe.

yoornotmee 8 years, 4 months ago

Hahaha, I watched the video just to hear the accidental extra audio. That was good :)

Congratulations on the new baby, whoever that was. I hope you guys made it to your birthing place in time - it's too cold out for a roadside birth!

Rick Aldrich 8 years, 4 months ago

drove back from Blue Springs about 1:00 a.m. and the roads were snow packed and out side lane a 1/3 visible. traffic was running about 45mph. except for a few idiots who thought it was the autobahn. some of those we passed in the ditch.

Zachary Stoltenberg 8 years, 4 months ago

I think this audio track is over every video from today. The KU Basketball clip has it too!

Liberty275 8 years, 4 months ago

I think we should force algore to read all these stories about this stupidly cold weather.

Pete_Schweti 8 years, 4 months ago

Gee, does this mean we homeowners now have until Wednesday to make sure our--I mean "the city's" sidewalks are clear?

overthemoon 8 years, 4 months ago

funny, I live on a heavily trafficked residential street. No treatment of any kind except I noticed that a since the last snow had cleared the sidewalk and a few bushes in someone's yard. I wonder if the homeowner can charge the city for damage to their sidewalk and landscaping.

starlite144 8 years, 4 months ago

The city needs to send their staff to either New England or somewhere north where they know how to handle snow fall! 3 inches is a moronic policy. They wonder why the streets are so bad and why there are so many accidents- get your act together and take care of the streets!

Kontum1972 8 years, 4 months ago

i live up on kasold after the big storm hit and the crews went out to clear the mess possibly when we were all asleep. When i woke up the next morning most of the snow on kasold was pushed up covering my driveway and the sidewalk and a huge mound of snow was pushed up in a huge mound on the corner where the crossing guard works, snow heaped on the corners and pushed in our drive ways is stupid. The city needs to look at how the city of chicago moves snow. The snow is pushed up on the median's, that is what medians are for besides control of traffic, now we citizens are required to move all this snow in our driveways...or be fined...(i had over 4 feet of snow) so where do we put this stuff? Use the medians for snow holding not our driveways and sidewalks and expect us to do your job Roads crews snow on the medians allows it to melt, once the weather warms up. Turn your blades to the inner lane where there is a median, and push it up.

maxcrabb 8 years, 4 months ago

Pushing the snow to the median not only keeps driveways and sidewalks clear, but also helps define the lanes better for traffic. Otherwise, the road gets more narrow, with no clear indication where the median is.

Sean Livingstone 8 years, 4 months ago

"starlite144 (Anonymous) says… The city needs to send their staff to either New England or somewhere north where they know how to handle snow fall! 3 inches is a moronic policy. They wonder why the streets are so bad and why there are so many accidents- get your act together and take care of the streets!"

You also have to realize that people who live in Lawrence, KS are not from New England too.... it takes two hands to clap. Why blame the government all the time? They're so lowly paid, so they always attract not the brightest....

PebblesFlintstone 8 years, 4 months ago

"Crews and traffic seem to have cleared the sheets of snow and ice from sections of Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets downtown, while parts of Sixth and 23rd streets remain snowpacked or icy."

After more than 24 hours of work? This would lead me to believe that no matter how well-intentioned their efforts, they're doing something wrong.

ImTooOldForThis 8 years, 4 months ago

After living in the North East for 29 years I have to say Ive never seen such a mess when it comes to snow removal. Tbf, it doesnt snow nearly as much here, but everyone seems to panic when we get a bit of snow and dont know how to cope. You really have no clue what a major snow storm is like. Ever try to dig your car out of 3 feet of fresh snow only to have it buried by a plow 10 minutes later followed by another 5 inches that night? Thats what happens when you get a lot of snow...IT SUCKS. DEAL WITH IT. THIS ISNT CHICAGO. We have bush league snow removal here so dont hope for miracles or common sense. These farmboys are much better at moving dirt. By the way...none of you natives should be driving today. Not a single one of you know how to drive in the snow. Not. A. Single. One.

Seriously, just stay inside. Jesus would.

conservative 8 years, 4 months ago

People need to get out there and get those sidewalks clear. K thru 6 starts school tomorrow and many of those kids will be trying to walk safely to school. The city really messed up by not issuing tickets when they should have. Because of light snows since the original deadline they now have no leg to stand on to force people to take care of the sidewalks.

outtahere 8 years, 4 months ago

Now I see the big picture. I didn't shovel my sidewalks during the first snowstorm thinking it would warm back up and be easier later or melt before the kids went back to school. I never gave the ticket a thought until I heard they delayed issuing tickets. Now I that my new budget is in place for the new year, I have no room for a ticket for not clearing my sidewalks and there is probably 5 inches of ice on my sidewalks that I can't remove. Ugh. I'm sorry to the kids who have to use my sidewalk, I don't know what to do. I wonder if things would be different if I had been more worried about getting a ticket the first time around? My sidewalks would have been easy to clear following the last two snowfalls if I cleared them after the big one but I thought it was too hard at the time. Now look at my predicament. The kids would have an easier time gettng to school tomorrow if I saw this coming. So I think I have no choice but to head out to the hardware store to buy products for my sidewalk, better than a ticket, better for the kids. There is just no other way to get the ice off at this point. Does anyone have suggestions for a product that works well? Ticketing me at this point is fair, but it won't teach me any lesson I didn't just learn after trying to remove that stuff. So if I do still get a ticket, then how long do I have to remove the ice and snow? Do I get a new ticket each day? Not posting to judge or complain, just checking for ideas because I know I'm not the only one in this situation today.

notjustastudent 8 years, 4 months ago

Outtahere- I've had success with heavy, long handled garden spades and hoes. The ones with the flat edge, not pointed, work best. Hit perpendicular to the ground/ice, just straight up and down, to break things up. Hard work, but it helps. Throw down some salt and you should be fine. The city won't fine you if you're making an honest effort. I don't blame you for thinking things would just melt (this is Kansas after all), but as you stated, you've learned your lesson. Good luck!

ImTooOldforthis- thanks for making me laugh today, I couldn't agree more...

yellowdot99 8 years, 4 months ago

Maybe tomorrow instead of just looking at the roads the powers to be will look at the side walks too and decide that it is not safe enough for k-6 to go to school.

headdoctor 8 years, 4 months ago

outtahere (Anonymous) says… Does anyone have suggestions for a product that works well?

13 degrees is a little to cold for regular salt(sodium chloride) to work very well. While calcium chloride is still a salt you can use it at much lower temperatures and more places are selling this than use to. Keep in mind that if you have very much sidewalk and/or the ice is real thick it will take a few large bags of it and some time to where you can remove it. If you can get some of it broken up with tools like notjustastudent suggested, it will make it easier for the ice melt to work.

Ace_Ventura 8 years, 4 months ago

The city of lawrence needs to figure out how to hire people that know how to get the damn snow off the road. It's not that hard. There are more roads than just 23rd and 6th. Topeka roads are way better! Yes, I said topeka. And we get yelled at here for not having our sidewalks cleaned off. Who do we yell at to clean our roads off? It's sad when everybody in my neighborhood pitched in together and cleared our road off. BY HAND!!!

mr_right_wing 8 years, 4 months ago

What have we learned today?

Lotsa snow = lotsa cranky people.

mom_of_three 8 years, 4 months ago

having lived in kansas my entire life, I only know how to drive in Kansas snow. However, being a rural kid, I am pretty darn good at it.
However, I had no reason to go out today, so I didn't. But back to the grindstone tomorrow.

headdoctor 8 years, 4 months ago

mr_right_wing (Anonymous) says… What have we learned today? Lotsa snow = lotsa cranky people.

Yeah, from the posts on the various threads about snow I am thinking there are a lot of people who should consider moving to a much, much warmer climate. So instead of bitching about snow, hail, and tornadoes they can bitch about hurricanes, monsoons, earthquakes and maybe throw in a little jungle rot to the feet for good measure.

GardenMomma 8 years, 4 months ago

Actually, I think the road crews need to communicate with each other better.

For example: This evening two plows came down the street, one behind the other and plowed (scraped the top layer off actually, never got down to pavement) about one full lane sort of in the middle of the street. Great! Wow, plows! Whoopee! About ten minutes later, another plow, this time tossing sand. Yee-haw! Sand now! And finally, about five or so minutes after the sand, what comes back down the street .....another plow, plowing up all the sand that was just laid down!


Curtis Lange 8 years, 4 months ago

Who is ready for 6 more inches in the middle of the week? Not me.

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