Archive for Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Winter weather advisory expires for Douglas County; Wind chill could hit -15 Wednesday night

February 9, 2011, 12:00 a.m. Updated February 9, 2011, 6:14 a.m.


The National Weather Service expects Douglas County to receive 2-5 inches of snow in this latest round of winter weather.

The National Weather Service expects Douglas County to receive 2-5 inches of snow in this latest round of winter weather.

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Wednesday, 6:14 a.m. update

The National Weather Service has allowed the winter weather advisory to expire. It's possible that light snow will continue falling until noon Wednesday.

Now we face bitterly cold temperatures through Thursday, with wind chill values expected to drop to -10 to -15 degrees.

Wednesday, 5:41 a.m. update

A few school districts in our area have closed Wednesday due to the snow, and light snowfall is possible through the Wednesday morning hours. The winter weather advisory is set to expire at 6 a.m.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reported these highway conditions in Douglas County as of 4:20 a.m.:

  • Interstate 70 — Spots snowpacked
  • Kansas Highway 10 — Mostly snowpacked
  • Kansas Highway 32 — Completely snowpacked
  • U.S. Highway 24 — Mostly snowpacked
  • U.S. Highway 40 — Mostly snowpacked
  • U.S. Highway 56 — Mostly snowpacked
  • U.S. Highway 59 — Mostly snowpacked

Wednesday, 2:30 a.m. update

An estimated two inches of snow has fallen on Lawrence since the precipitation began Tuesday. City road crews have been working to treat clear streets of the powdery accumulation but roads are still slick in spots.

No major accidents have been reported in the area as a result of the snowfall.

The winter weather advisory is set to expire at 6 a.m. today.

Tuesday, 8:44 p.m. update

Main roads in town have been reported to be snowpacked but not too slick. Drivers should still allow extra stopping distance as a precaution.

K-10 highway from Lawrence to Eudora was also reported to be mostly clear, though a fine snow is blowing across the roadway.

Tuesday, 8:25 p.m. update

Snow is falling in Lawrence to the tune of what the National Weather Service predicts will be anywhere from 1-3 inches.

The light but steady snow accumulation has resulted in some slick roads around town, though so far no serious injury accidents have resulted from the conditions. Snowfall is expected to stop before midnight.

Along with the precipitation, temperatures are also expected to fall. The NWS is currently predicting the overnight low to be about 2 degrees, with windchill making it feel more like -5 to -10 degrees.

Tuesday, 3:13 p.m. update

Though we still have yet to see snow in Douglas County, the National Weather Service is still predicting we'll get 2-4 inches by Wednesday morning.

Overnight temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits, with wind chill values between -6 and -11 degrees.

Tuesday, 7:54 a.m. update

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Look for snowfall to begin Tuesday morning in Lawrence. The NWS predicts we could see accumulations of 1-4 inches by Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, 2:00 a.m. update

According to reports issued by the National Weather Service, Lawrence can expect a 30 percent chance of snow overnight with wind chills between negative 5 and zero degrees.

There is an 80 percent chance of snow Tuesday, which could accumulate to about an inch. Snow should continue through Tuesday night with another 1 to 2 inches possible.

Wind speeds of 5-10 miles per hour are also expected.

Monday, 3:05 p.m. update

Lawrence is in for another snowy Tuesday this week, and the city is expected to get 3 to 5 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday. The advisory includes an estimate about the snow and also says winds will be 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

“(The storm) shouldn’t be quite as bad as the last one,” said Kelsey Angle, NWS meteorologist.

Angle said the storm was coming to the area from the Rockies, and the snow should be heaviest Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Tom Orzulak, street divisions manager, said the city was preparing as it usually does for storms.

“It’s the same stuff, different day,” he said. “It has to snow first.”

Orzulak said he had a crew ready to go at midnight.

Despite this year’s storms, Angle said the region is below last year’s snow totals. He said by this time last year, Topeka had received 29 inches of snow. This year, the area is at 26.

There is relief coming. Temperatures are expected to warm up about 50 degrees by Sunday.

One group doesn’t seem to mind the weather Lawrence is getting. Robins are flocking in the area, but birdwatcher Stan Roth says the Kansas weather is balmy to them.

“They’re migrants from the north,” said Roth, a birdwatcher and retired Lawrence biology teacher. “We seem to be getting lots and lots of robin flocks here in Lawrence.”

He said the robins that are in Lawrence during the spring are south in Texas now, and Lawrence started getting robins from the Dakotas and Saskatchewan in October.

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Boston_Corbett 7 years, 1 month ago

<<< Guess I will get the huskies suited up again for the sled. Woof. Woof.

Richard Payton 7 years, 1 month ago

Long ranger shows 50's this weekend hip hip hooray!

Kelly Johnson 7 years, 1 month ago

SNOW = NO! But 50s is nifty!

OK I'm gonna slap myself for that one now...groan!!

kusp8 7 years, 1 month ago

Meh, we probably won't get more than a dusting

Liberty275 7 years, 1 month ago

If it doesn't snow, it's because of global warming; and if it does snow, it's because of global warming.

Gareth Skarka 7 years, 1 month ago

Yes, and the reason is very simple. Global warming raises the temperature of the oceans, which usually act as giant radiators and stabilize weather patterns. Higher ocean temps = more extreme swings of weather. Hotter summers, more storms in winter, etc.

Why is this so hard for you to understand?

Curtis Lange 7 years, 1 month ago

Global Warming! Argh! We're all going to die!!!!!!!11!!!11!!!

overthemoon 7 years, 1 month ago

Not right away...until those who can not longer grow food or find water come knocking. Then its going to get ugly...and it will be warmer, to boot.

Make fun if you will, but explain to me how you're going to explain your complacency to your grandkids. Write them a letter and tell them that it was more important to protect the profits of oil and fuel companies than to ensure they have a decent chance of living on this planet as people have for thousands of years. Explain to them that we allowed politics and money to guide our stewardship of the earth and you hope they understand. If indeed this is all a big scare, they'll treasure a letter from ole granpa...but if it is true....what are they going to think of you?

Gary Anderson 7 years, 1 month ago

because in many people's is bad and ignorance is is wrong and white is just can't teach some matter what.

Liberty275 7 years, 1 month ago

AGW is junk science being parroted and fudged for grant money. It's true, you can't teach some people... how to spot a scam.

notanota 7 years, 1 month ago

There you go again, trying to argue with facts and logic. Libertysomenumbers only understand truthiness.

Liberty275 7 years, 1 month ago

Which load of BS will you use when we have less snowfall than usual?

Carmiletta Penny 7 years, 1 month ago

Global warming doesn't raise the temperature in the oceans, the volcanic activity under the oceans do. The rest you go right though.

Wendy magillicutty 7 years, 1 month ago

does it ever occur to anyone that maybe global warming is true but that we didn't cause it?

sr80 7 years, 1 month ago

i already took the last spot on the insanity have to wait till next winter.hold on i think johnny is knocking at the door and he's mumbling hereeeeees johnny.seeya

Liberty275 7 years, 1 month ago

It's no big deal. The seas are warming so the radiators will be making more globally-warmed magical snow soon.

Wendy magillicutty 7 years, 1 month ago

I always forget, is it magical snow I can't eat or...

savage101 7 years, 1 month ago

Does this mean schools closed for tuesday??? someone answer this

alm77 7 years, 1 month ago

I hope not. I am so sick of this irregular schedule. I just want my routine back!!

overthemoon 7 years, 1 month ago

NWS forecast does not match their Weather Advisory...forecast says 1-2 inches while the advisory says 3-5. So...which do we believe??

Judgesmails 7 years, 1 month ago

stand by for lame Katie Horner jokes............

Erin Pfannenstiel 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm guessing this is going to ensure that my baby comes mid-snowstorm. Bring it on!

thebigspoon 7 years, 1 month ago

Snow is a lot like sex. You never know how much you will get or how long it will last...

Mandie Eutsler 7 years, 1 month ago

NO, NO, NO... It's "you never know how many INCHES you will get..."

Liberty275 7 years, 1 month ago

and you can use a ruler to find out how many inches you got.

riverdrifter 7 years, 1 month ago

"(The storm) shouldn’t be quite as bad as the last one...”

This is a good thing.

40's by the weekend and most all the long range forecasts are calling for above normal temps and mainly dry to the end of the month.

Brent Garner 7 years, 1 month ago

Ahhh, I feel for you my former neighbors! Here in San Antonio tomorrow we may even get above 60 degrees! No need for snow blowers or snow shovels here!! LOL!!! (Am also glad I am out of range for any rotten tomatoes you may feel like throwing, or would that be snowballs???)

Irenaku 7 years, 1 month ago

I have been waiting for an explanation on the damn's like Hitchcock's "The Birds" in my neighborhood for crying out loud. EVERYTHING is coated in robin poo and it is really creepy when I step outside to shake out my rugs, and the sound startles hundreds of robins who start flying in circles....

Lisa Rasor 7 years, 1 month ago

The robins we see now have actually migrated here from points farther north; our area is warmer winter weather to them.

beaujackson 7 years, 1 month ago

It's Bush's fault, especially "global warming" and the "uprising" in Egypt.

And, "W" is plotting another 9/11 by Easter week, If not sooner.

Sarah St. John 7 years, 1 month ago

TOB said: "I don't know the explanation either, but they have massed before each snow this season. Maybe our area is a convention spot for them to figure out where to go when it starts snowing."

Why would they need that, when they could just send tweets?

Sheryl Wiggins 7 years, 1 month ago

Oh Sarah that was bad. Now if you'll excuse me I have to clean the Mountain Dew off my keyboard.

Wendy magillicutty 7 years, 1 month ago

Hey bkgarner I have friends in SA and didn't you have a nice freezing rain this last weekend? Hmmmmm?? I love rain. Bring on da rain.

Brent Garner 7 years, 1 month ago

Yes indeed, cloggedjhawk, we had a small amount of freezing rain Thursday evening into Friday morning. Schools closed. Many businesses closed. Government offices closed (Hurrah!). All the interstates closed as well--can you say snarled traffic. Took Friday off because I had no desire to play bumper cars with my fellow San Antonio residents. BUT, I DID NOT have to SHOVEL anything and by Friday afternoon temperatures were above 40 degrees and the ice and the skiff of snow all melted off!!!

Another round of snow inbound for Lawrence? We will get cold rain Wednesday morning and by Wednesday afternoon or evening it will all be over. No SHOVELING for me!!!!

(Yes, am rubbing it in just a little!!!)

PennyBrite 7 years, 1 month ago

can you forward some warmer weather this way? And do you know, does the riverwalk have water in it? or when do they re-fill it? Thanks!

Wendy magillicutty 7 years, 1 month ago

where are the comments about children and the school? I'm so cornfused. I came here for drama and you gave me jokes! wth is happening to you people!?

Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years, 1 month ago

lol like that one RI. think an update might be in order I mean it is now three, just saying.

Curtis Lange 7 years, 1 month ago

I believe the current forecast per the NWS is for 1-3" of snow...not 2-4". The snow is expected to start around 6pm.

kernal 7 years, 1 month ago

Latest NWS update @ 3:43pm today says 2-4 inches by tomorrow morning for NE Kansas, including Douglas County and Lawrence.

Curtis Lange 7 years, 1 month ago

Don't know where you're seeing that, but the forecast on the NWS's Lawrence forecast page says 1-3" as does the Topeka NWS weather story graphic.

kernal 7 years, 1 month ago

Okay, I see where you were looking. If you click on Weather Alerts, go to the map and click on the NE KS area and read the weather advisory, it's slightly different. It does include Douglas County and Lawrence, but now it's saying 1-4" with the newest update. I figure we'll get something that will make the driving a pain at 6am tomorrow morning. Ugh!

ranger73 7 years, 1 month ago

See? Even the groundhogs at NWS can't agree! My weather rock out on the deck is white and moving a little, so it must be snowing and a little windy. Can't get more accurate than that!

Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years, 1 month ago

white stuff falling from sky white stuff being pulled from head please make it stop.

maybe hair dye???

kernal 7 years, 1 month ago

Forecast soooo much better next week! 50's!

kufan8808 7 years, 1 month ago

Shouldn't this be updated? Its been snowing for awhile now and the roads are awful. People getting stuck on our hill already.

pace 7 years, 1 month ago

It is beautiful when it snows. Like a hallmark card. My pedestrian slid down the hill, hurrying home to me. It is a wonderful bracing wind. Who doesn't just love being in Kansas in February.

sleepy33 7 years, 1 month ago

I-70 between Lawrence & Top City is crazy slick. Maybe the worst drive in I've had all year. I about spun out 3 or 4 times, and I have 4wd. Cars off the road everywhere, and a pickup spun out into the concrete barrier near the California exit in Topeka.

boxers_or_briefs 7 years, 1 month ago

Next time put down the laptop before spinning out 3 or 4 times.

conservative 7 years, 1 month ago

Last week the city hired contractors to help with residential streets. Our hill was done extremely well by the contractors. They plowed to the curbs and had it down to bare asphalt. Nobody had problems with the hill. This week it was a city crew, they left an inch of snow and are at least a foot and a half away from each curb. Cars are having a hard time with the hill and are very close to each other because of the narrowed lanes.

boxers_or_briefs 7 years, 1 month ago

So did you call anybody with the city to complain or just complain here?

Liberty275 7 years, 1 month ago

If its -15 or 50, please keep in mind it is because of the giant radiators caused by global warming, errr, climate change, errr, ocean warming. Whatever they call it this week, it will be responsible.

Its so magical, it causes everything!

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