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Tuesday’s snowfall was most in single day since 1980; people staying home helped streets get cleared faster

A Kansas Turnpike Authority snowplow clears an eastbound lane on I-70 at Michigan Street in Lawrence Tuesday Feb. 1, 2011. A total of about 8 inches of snow officially fell in the Douglas County area, with locally higher amounts reported.

A Kansas Turnpike Authority snowplow clears an eastbound lane on I-70 at Michigan Street in Lawrence Tuesday Feb. 1, 2011. A total of about 8 inches of snow officially fell in the Douglas County area, with locally higher amounts reported.

February 2, 2011

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Feb. 1 winter storm brings blizzard conditions to Lawrence

By 11:30 Wednesday morning, city of Lawrence crews had begun clearing residential streets, including this cul-de-sac in east Lawrence. Cul-de-sacs prove especially challenging because of the closely spaced driveways and large street area to clear. This driver rotates his plow blade toward and away from the curb in order to avoid creating windrows, which can be difficult for drivers to navigate over. The driver said they do their best to do that around town, but sometimes, it's just not possible.

On Tuesday, Lawrence received the most snow in a single day since 1980.

But city officials say that streets this week haven’t been as hard to clear as they were after the Christmas 2009 storm.

“What was really helpful was all those citizens who did stay home and off the roads,” said Chuck Soules, public works director.

Lawrence recorded 8 inches of snow Tuesday, the most in one day since Feb. 8, 1980. In February 1993, it snowed that much over two days, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka.

Soules said the city had workers on call and prepared to go out to deal with this storm, and that the amount of overtime logged by workers probably wouldn’t be as extensive as the Christmas 2009 storm. That storm dumped 6.2 inches on Lawrence.

Because fewer people left their homes during this storm, city crews spent less time dealing with stranded motorists.

Soules said the city hopes to finish plowing all residential streets by Thursday morning. Snow from the middle of Massachusetts Street and the center of cul-de-sacs will be moved out on Thursday.

Where to put it is something of a problem.

“We’re all scrambling to look for areas,” Soules said.

The city owns land around town to deposit snow, including the street maintenance yard at 11th and Haskell and an area behind Johnny’s Tavern, 401 N. Second St.

Even if the city needs to do more plowing and road treatment, salt and sand should be in plentiful supply.

Public transit administrator Bob Nugent said he expects buses to be running normally Thursday, starting at the usual time, 6 a.m.

Despite the sunshine on Wednesday, Soules said it was highly like that streets could get icy overnight.

“People still need to be careful,” he said.

Comments

PennyBrite 3 years, 10 months ago

"probably wouldn’t be as extensive as the Christmas 2009 storm. That storm dumped 6.2 inches on Lawrence."

The headline in the LJW from the 2009 storm was "Storm Dumped 8-10 inches in area."

jhawkinsf 3 years, 10 months ago

It measured exactly 12 inches in my driveway. Shoveled it all and then capped off my hot chocolate with 3 Advil.

Bob Forer 3 years, 10 months ago

Props to Chuck Soules and his hard working crew.. Within the span of a month they have handled two major snow storms admirably well.

SirReal 3 years, 10 months ago

So youre complaining because LJWorld arent magic perfect predictors? Get a life.

PennyBrite 3 years, 10 months ago

There's no prediction involved. This article states that the 2009 storm at Christmas produced 6.2 inches of snow. However, the exact headline in the LJW the morning after that 2009 storm was ""Storm Dumped 8-10 inches..."

Neomarxist123 3 years, 10 months ago

Any more of this global warming, and I'll have to buy a snowblower...

Liberty275 3 years, 10 months ago

Remember kiddies, if it snows more or less, or if the temperature is higher or lower, it is proof of anthropogenic global warming.

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