Archive for Thursday, February 24, 2011

Winter storm warning expires; Over 3 inches of snow reported in Lawrence

Will Bishop, a Kansas University graduate student from Boise, Idaho uses an umbrella to protecting himself from sleet falling on campus on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.

Will Bishop, a Kansas University graduate student from Boise, Idaho uses an umbrella to protecting himself from sleet falling on campus on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.

February 24, 2011, 12:00 a.m. Updated February 24, 2011, 10:51 p.m.


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Snow on KU's West Campus

This user-submitted video from Brad Foster shows snow and sleet falling on Kansas University's West Campus on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.

The National Weather Service predicts Douglas County could receive 2-4 inches of snow and sleet Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.

The National Weather Service predicts Douglas County could receive 2-4 inches of snow and sleet Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.

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10:47 p.m. update

The winter storm warning is set to expire at 11 p.m. While no serious injury accident have been reported, numerous motorists have reported sliding from the roadway or getting stuck in the loose precipitation.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is listing all major roads in the area, including K-10 and I-70, as mostly or completely snowpacked.

The snow is expected to taper off by midnight.

8:20 p.m. update

Just before 8 p.m., weather spotters for the National Weather Service reported 3.4 inches of snow in western Lawrence.

Multiple accidents have been reported on city streets, especially along Bob Billings Parkway and Sixth Street, where reporter Joe Preiner counted eight stranded vehicles between Massachusetts and Iowa streets.

City and state officials are encouraging drivers to stay off the roads until the storm has passed.

6:43 p.m. update

The National Weather Service in Topeka has extended the winter storm warning for Douglas County through 11 p.m. Thursday evening.

The rain and sleet that had been falling over the area has turned into snow and is expected to continue until midnight. Snow accumulation is expected to fall in the 2-5 inch range during the next few hours. Visibility is not ideal, with visible range for motorists around a quarter mile.

The snow should taper off by midnight as the storm system moves through the area.

The NWS predicts driving conditions could become dangerous as the night wears on so motorists should use caution and be mindful of other drivers.

6:22 p.m. update

Large snowflakes are falling in Lawrence, accumulating in mounds of slush on the roadways. Visibility is limited because of the precipitation and roads are getting slick in areas. Motorists should drive slowly and allow more space between them and the next vehicle.

Temperatures tonight aren't expected to drop much below freezing, which should help city crews in clearing and treating local streets.

4:35 p.m. update

Street maintenance crews have already begun running 24-hour operations in anticipation of the snow and sleet that is expected to accumulate during the next several hours.

The wintry mix is part of the winter storm warning in effect for Douglas County. According to the National Weather Service in Topeka, no ice is expected to accumulate for the remainder of the afternoon, but snow is likely before midnight, with between 2-4 inches of snowfall possible.

Lawrence communications manager Megan Gilliland said motorists should slow down and be mindful of their surroundings. Drivers should also allow for more traveling time.

1:28 p.m. update

Crews from the City of Lawrence are out treating the streets in town with sand and salt in an effort to keep the roads safe for traveling.

As of about 1 p.m., roads were easy to travel, though some fender-benders had been reported. Motorists are advised to slow down and exercise caution when traveling tonight.

Also, the National Weather Service has pulled back from its forecast of 3 to 6 inches of snow for our area and reduced it to 2 to 4 inches, with the lower end of the range most likely in the Lawrence area.

11:15 a.m. update

A round of large snowflakes and sleet passed through Lawrence just after the morning commute. Several accidents were reported on I-70 west of Lawrence, though none were reported to involve major injuries.

5:45 a.m. update

The National Weather Service has upgraded the winter weather advisory to a winter storm warning for the following counties:

  • Brown
  • Clay
  • Dickinson
  • Douglas
  • Geary
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lyon
  • Morris
  • Nemaha
  • Osage
  • Ottawa
  • Pottawatomie
  • Riley
  • Shawnee
  • Waubaunsee

The warning is effective from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. The winter weather advisory is no longer in effect. The NWS expects freezing rain to begin by late morning before changing to sleet and then snow by late afternoon.

Accumulations of 3-6 inches of sleet and snow are possible before precipitation ends about midnight.

Driving will become hazardous by the afternoon. Allow for extra time on the roads. If possible, postpone travel plans.

11:49 p.m. update

The temperatures tonight in Douglas County are expected to hover around the freezing point, with winds gusting to 10 miles per hour.

The winter weather advisory will go into effect about 8 a.m. Thursday and will continue through 9 p.m.

The wintry mix is expected to fall in the area with 1-3 inches of snow and sleet accumulation possible. Freezing rain is also possible. The National Weather Service in Topeka predicts the wintry accumulation may make travel difficult with slick roads and diminished visibility.

4:11 p.m. update

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Douglas and surrounding counties effective Thursday, Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The advisory also includes Leavenworth, Jefferson, Johnson, Osage and Shawnee counties.

Expect snow and sleet to fall throughout the day Thursday. The heaviest precipitation will most likely happen during the afternoon and evening.

Total accumulations will be 1-2 inches with winds from 10-15 mph.

Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility, as the sleet and snow will likely make travel difficult.


Daniel Kennamore 7 years, 1 month ago

Turns out that poll on the LJWorld this weekend had the correct result.

wmathews 7 years, 1 month ago

I've corrected that, Puggy. Thanks for catching the error!

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Boston_Corbett 7 years, 1 month ago

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CloveK 7 years, 1 month ago

Can we just be done with this? I am tired of going from 60 to 30 in a 12 hour period.

irvan moore 7 years, 1 month ago

did they close the schools yet (because of the snow, not the schoolboard)

jhawkinsf 7 years, 1 month ago

No school Thursday and Friday in Lawrence.

cj123 7 years, 1 month ago

No. No. No. No. No!!!!!! I won't allow it!

conservative 7 years, 1 month ago

Yes elementary schools were already scheduled to be out thursday and friday of this week, but junior high and high schools are in session unless they call off school.

Liberty275 7 years, 1 month ago

If it snows or if it doesn't snow, it's because of global warming, the koch brothers and fox news.

Curtis Lange 7 years, 1 month ago

Some of the models are predicting quite a bit more. A lot depends on when the precip changes from rain to all snow. Tomorrow (well, today) should be interesting! :)

compmd 7 years, 1 month ago

well, we do enjoy driving around in our scandinavian tanks in the snow. it is quite a lot of fun.

KansasPerson 7 years, 1 month ago

... well, except that that was an earthquake and g_rock was mentioning hurricanes, but yeah.... neither one = fun.

If you are interested in the recent seismic activity in Christchurch please check this out:

(Keep your eyes on the screen. It take a little bit to get to Feb. 22 but it is really surprising when it happens.)

Danielle Brunin 7 years, 1 month ago

That is amazing! I actually set it to Monday for comparison and then Tuesday was really impressive. Poor people though.

Betty Bartholomew 7 years, 1 month ago

Any word on if the city is out treating roads? Watching it switch between rain, freezing rain, snow, and sleet from my office. :(

somedude20 7 years, 1 month ago

I hate when the weather is good enought to get to work only to have some giant storm happen that makes getting home suck. Seems like this winter all the storms have done this. Stinks Stinks Stinks Stinks Stinks Stinks Stinks Stinks Stinks Stinks Stinks!!

50YearResident 7 years, 1 month ago

I live just south of town in a weather protected area. We miss a lot of the heavy stuff. It is now 11:45 AM and the temperature is still 34 deg. I ambetting my area doesn't get more than 1/2 " of sleet or snow.

countrygirl 7 years, 1 month ago

Some of the schools to the north are sending kids home early. Oskaloosa, Valley Falls, Jeff North and Jeff West so far.

Laura Wilson 7 years, 1 month ago

Because at 1:00 the weather channel online showed 100% heavy snow coming to Lawrence at 1:30, I went outside at 1:40 downtown and it's raining...still. The sleet that was on my car earlier is all washed off. Nothing icy at all on the untreated sidewalk and only a bit of sleet left in the grass. Radar shows the snow/ice just north of us. I'm hoping it stays there. I don't know where people are having problems driving but not downtown. The puddles at the curbs aren't even slushy, just water.

Curtis Lange 7 years, 1 month ago

Amen. The Weather Channel is the absolute LAST place I would get weather info from. They are te MapQuest of the weather world.

CloveK 7 years, 1 month ago

Glad no one was seriously injured in the accidents on I-70 this morning. The conditions changed very fast. Went from 36 and raining to 31 and ice/slush in less than a quarter mile. There was a wall of slush on the interstate where the accidents occurred. One car upside down in the ditch, another hit the median and a third flew off the road spinning a good 30 yards or so.

Have to take those warnings seriously, even when it doesn't appear to be bad. Wouldn't have seen the slush myself except for seeing the car in front of me fly out of control.

GuineaPigs 7 years, 1 month ago

So much for the treated's a shiz show out on 6th street!!

Uhjh 7 years, 1 month ago

Just drove home - City response gets F-

jocostorm09 7 years, 1 month ago

The city trucks don't even have the plows on the trucks...and yet they where forecasting maybe 6 inches..think the city has failed us..LJWorld think should find out why this is the case. Also the trucks weren't putting down hardly any salt or sand anyways...our city at work for us again...not!

bearclaws 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm not in the city defending business, particularly regarding the plows not being on the trucks. But I can certainly understand why they did not salt and sand the streets earlier in the day. WIth it being so late in the season, and considering all the weather we have had, I can imagine that supplies and budget are getting thin. And for most of the day, temperatures were high enough to keep anything from freezing over. Combined with a sizable amount of rain, the salt and sand would do nothing but wash away. Of course the weather eventually changed over, but it is still winter. Stay off the roads unless you have to, and expect that the roads are going to be nasty. With a little care and patience, you will make it home. Just don't expect every street (even the main roads) to be constantly clear.

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