Archive for Thursday, January 7, 2010

Commute to be slow and snowy

We have a new layer of snow this morning, so allow some extra time for the commute this morning. Extremely breezy conditions mean wind chills have entered the danger zone.

January 7, 2010


Winter weather strikes Lawrence again

Lawrence got more snow and high winds Wednesday, with dangerously cold temperatures to follow later in the week. Enlarge video

January 6-7 weather

Wind chills will range between -10 to -25°. Lows will drop to -8° leaving wind chills between -20 and -30°. Highs by Friday will remain in the single digits, with wind chills below zero.

After receiving more than 3 inches of snow Wednesday, the city’s high temperature could top out at 5 degrees today with wind chill figures between 10 and 20 below zero, according to 6News chief meteorologist Matt Elwell. Snowfall should end before this morning’s rush hour, but high winds and frigid temperatures could combine to make travel conditions unfavorable.

“We may have a bit of light snow, but the biggest concern is going to be the blowing snow and the already snow-packed roads,” Elwell said. “The commute will be slow and snow-packed, with low visibility.”

Douglas and surrounding counties are under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. today, and a wind chill watch is in effect through Saturday morning.

Wednesday’s winter blast, which included steady snow in the afternoon followed by high winds and blowing snow in the evening, contributed to numerous accidents and stalled vehicles.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, two injury accidents and 23 noninjury accidents occurred in Douglas County after noon Wednesday. Twenty-six vehicles slid off roads or stalled in the snow.

“It was about 45 miles an hour all the way on I-70,” said Jordan Seaburn, a Kansas City, Mo., resident who traveled Wednesday afternoon to Lawrence. “There’s some black ice, some crazy people out there who think they can drive fast and are probably going to end up in the ditch.”

The National Weather Service recommends keeping extra clothing, blankets, water and a flashlight in your vehicle in case of emergency.


Marcy McGuffie 8 years, 4 months ago

“There’s some black ice, some crazy people out there who think they can drive fast and are probably going to end up in the ditch.”

That quote giggles me.

cj123 8 years, 4 months ago

What commute? I am stuck at home again. Dang snow drifts!

Richard Payton 8 years, 4 months ago

Drove I-70 to K7 then on to K10. K10 had a few drifts in the left lane this morning. Many cars did slid off. Most accidents I've seen in a number of years. I witnessed one car driving 60 to 70 miles on hour on K10 only to see that car in a ditch 3 miles ahead. In a hurry can sometimes result in death so drive with care on slick roads.

keith manies 8 years, 4 months ago

Boy, It is bone chilling cold outside! We have 2 and 3 foot drifts covering the drive way in most parts and the incessant wind keeps piling on more. This one wasn't quite as bad as the Christmas storm, but it stills makes life here in Kanwaka a little on the grim Siberian side. Keep warm folks and remember to give more to any outside pets!

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