Winter weather information
4:43 a.m. Saturday
The National Weather Service in Topeka has canceled the winter storm warning previously in effect until Sunday morning. A winter weather advisory has taken its place.
Heavy snows caused driving conditions to deteriorate quickly overnight Friday. Many motorists reported having their vehicles slide off roads. Traffic on Interstate 70 was slowed Friday night when vehicles became stuck in the snow.
One to two inches of snow may still fall on the area, but the total accumulation is expected to be less than originally predicted.
A cold wintry mix is falling in Lawrence creating some wet road conditions. The mix is expected to turn to snow later Friday evening as the storm system passes through the area.
6News Chief Meteorologist Matt Elwell says it may be too early to count on the 6 to 8 inch number.
At the moment, he's expecting more in the 3 to 5 inch range, but the data is still changing.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Douglas County and surrounding areas beginning at 10 p.m. tonight and ending 7 a.m. Sunday.
According to the latest forecast, rain should start falling this afternoon before changing to snow in the late evening. Snow will fall between Friday night and early Sunday, potentially resulting in 6 to 8 inches of accumulation. Snowfall combined with winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour overnight could make for hazardous travel conditions due to limited visibility.
Morris, Douglas, Lyon and Osage counties were all included in the winter storm warning, which was issued at 1:57 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a winter storm watch effective Friday evening through Sunday morning.
A strong cold front pushing through the area is expected to dump some precipitation on Douglas County. The precipitation should start as rain Friday afternoon, changing over to snow into the evening hours. The majority of the snow is expected to fall between late Friday night and early Sunday morning.
A total of six inches of snow is possible in the area as the storm works its way through. Winds are also expected to pick up, gusting to as much as 35 miles per hour.
The heavy snow combined with strong winds could make travel hazardous.