Archive for Saturday, March 20, 2010

Winter storm warning canceled, advisory still in effect

Jay Toelkes, who lives at 800 Ohio, was doing what many Lawrence residents were doing on the first day of Spring, Saturday March 20, 2010: Scraping snow and ice from his vehicle. Lawrence received about five inches of snow accumulation overnight Friday and in the morning Saturday.

Jay Toelkes, who lives at 800 Ohio, was doing what many Lawrence residents were doing on the first day of Spring, Saturday March 20, 2010: Scraping snow and ice from his vehicle. Lawrence received about five inches of snow accumulation overnight Friday and in the morning Saturday.

March 20, 2010, 12:00 a.m. Updated March 20, 2010, 9:57 a.m.


Overnight weather for March 19, 2010

It's already snowing and should continue through the night. The temperatures will be hanging in the low 30s as the winter storm moves through. Enlarge video

9:52 a.m.

Lawrence could see 1 to 1.5 additional inches of snow accumulation by Saturday evening as the remainder of the winter storm moves past.

According to 6News Chief Meteorologist Matt Elwell, periods of both light and heavy snow should pop up in the area before the storm begins to taper off around 2 p.m. Snow flurries could linger into the evening without adding any measurable accumulation. The current winter weather advisory would most likely not be upgraded to a watch or warning, Elwell said.

"We're still going to see snow and maybe periods of heavy snow," Elwell said. "But we're done with the heavy accumulation."

Elwell measured the accumulation in Lawrence this morning at just less than 4 inches.

4:20 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Topeka has canceled the winter storm warning that was in effect for Douglas County.

A moderate amount of snow fell on the area overnight and an additional 1 to 2 inches are still possible. The conditions made driving very hazardous and many drivers reported having their vehicles slide off roadways. No one reported being seriously injured.

1:36 a.m.

The snow continues to fall and the roads are slick. A number of vehicles have been sliding from the roadways while trying to navigate during the winter storm.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has listed several roads in Douglas County as completely snowpacked and icy:

• I-70/K-10 to Lawrence

• U.S. 59/K-10 to the Douglas/Johnson County line.

• U.S. 24/K-32 (NORTH LAWRENCE) to Douglas-Leavenworth County line

• U.S. 24/U.S. 40/U.S. 59 to U.S. 24/K-16

• Big Springs to U.S. 40/U.S. 59 (Lawrence)

• U.S. 59/U.S. 56 to Lawrence

None of the roads have been closed but drivers should allow significantly more time for stopping.

12:00 a.m. Saturday

The snow has already begun to fall in Lawrence, making for some slick roads and hazardous driving conditions. The precipitation is expected to continue falling through the day Saturday and into Sunday morning.

6News Chief Meteorologist Matt Elwell said he expected about 2 to 5 inches of snow to fall in the area.

Temperatures have also dropped off for the evening and should be hanging just above 30 degrees. Winds are also expected to pick up, with gusts up to 35 miles per hour.


9:45 p.m.

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.

2:12 p.m.

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.

2:00 p.m.

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.


Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years ago

welcome to spring bah humbug, growl,cussssssssssssing. I really don't like cold and snow.

Cait McKnelly 8 years ago

This is Kansas in the spring. If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes.

jj14 8 years ago

LJW: How much snow did we get?????

Matt Elwell 8 years ago

Totals as of about 1:30 AM last night were near 3.5 inches. This morning I measured 4 inches. Drifting snow will continue to be a problem through the day today with a couple of lighter bands bringing an additional 1 inch to the area.

Matt Elwell 6NEWS Meteorologist

jj14 8 years ago


FYI we just checked and there is 7 inches exactly on top of our hot tub.

lawthing 8 years ago

Its thick but slushy so the roads are pretty easy to navigate.

Adrienne Sanders 8 years ago

Just under five inches here. (near 9th and Iowa)

Kelly Johnson 8 years ago

How do you get an accurate measurement of snowfall when it's blowing and drifting? I've always wondered.

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

okay, what I wanna know: did RI see his shadow this morning?

5-7 inches of global warming.

Chris Golledge 8 years ago

OK Bearded, I'll bite.

You have your observation, and in contrast, there is the average of around 18,000 thermometers around the globe on land and sea, plus some satellites, and they indicate that 2010 is on a track to be the warmest year on record.

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

okay CG, even Phil Jones admitted the data was flawed/faked. he also admitted no increase in temps for 12-years. "hide the decline" the famous phrase from the CRU e-mails.

models failed to account fr the lack of increase let alone the decline.

warmest year globally according to NASA's numbers once some of the cr*p was taken care of: 1934.

actual proof of link between atmospheric carbon levels and temperature increase is questionable.
plus it used to be the global warming hysterians grabbed on to everything to prove their mythology: Katrina caused by global warming and was to be the harbinger of many more such storms [didn't happen]. a dozen points of AlGore's mockumentary have been legally declared false and if that movie is presented in the UK, the kids have to be told about them.

there you go CG.

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