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No snow expected in Lawrence area for Christmas

December 23, 2011

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If you were dreaming of a white Christmas, well, keep dreaming.

The weather won’t cooperate for a winter wonderland on Christmas Day, as temperatures in Lawrence are predicted to creep near 50 degrees, with a high of 48 and a low of 25.

It’s a far cry from 2009, when a Christmas Eve blizzard dumped 8.5 inches on Lawrence.

“The forecast for the next seven days is dry,” said Matt Wolters, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka. “The storm systems will pass to the north and south of Kansas, so there really isn’t a very good chance for precipitation in the next seven days.”

Wolters said the outlook is for a warmer winter this year, but there isn’t much data to point to whether the area will get much snowfall. Last December brought less snow than normal, and 16.8 inches of snowfall in January accounted for most of the area’s precipitation, Wolters said.

As people on Massachusetts Street wrapped up their Christmas shopping Friday afternoon, they said the warm temperatures were like coal in a stocking.

“It’s always fun to have a white Christmas,” said state Rep. Paul Davis, shopping bags in hand. “It’s an added dimension of the season. If it means we’re not going to have any ice, I’m OK with it.”

“It’s a little lame,” said Jenny Lane, who recently moved from Lawrence to Lenexa. “I’d definitely prefer snow. ... It’s traditional.”

The 2009 blizzard, she said, “was so much fun.”

Her 6-year-old daughter, Samantha, said she’d prefer a snowy Christmas.

But she’s not shedding any tears.

“I get to play on the computer,” she said.

As for Santa, Samantha doesn’t think the lack of snow will affect his deliveries.

“It’s not going to be as slippery,” she said.

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