Archive for Sunday, February 27, 2011

Flash flood warning and severe thunderstorm watch expire for Douglas County

February 27, 2011, 7:24 a.m. Updated February 27, 2011, 9:06 p.m.


First storm of the season brings flooding to streets of Lawrence

The first severe thunderstorm of the season brought strong winds, heavy rain and some small hail to Lawrence, and there was still snow on the ground. The rains caused street flooding in parts of Lawrence and even forced emergency managers to rescue stranded motorists at the intersection of 23rd and Ousdahl streets. Enlarge video

9 p.m.

The severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas and surrounding counties has been allowed to expire.

Rain and snow are expected to continue throughout the night, but with little or no snow accumulation.

8:13 p.m.

The National Weather Service has canceled the severe thunderstorm watch for the following counties:

  • Jefferson
  • Morris
  • Shawnee
  • Wabaunsee

The warning is still in effect until 9 p.m. for:

  • Anderson
  • Coffey
  • Douglas
  • Franklin
  • Lyon
  • Osage

6:02 p.m. update

The flash flood warning for Douglas County was allowed to expire at 6 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 9 p.m. for the following counties:

  • Anderson
  • Coffey
  • Douglas
  • Franklin
  • Jefferson
  • Lyon
  • Morris
  • Osage
  • Shawnee
  • Wabaunsee

4:49 p.m.

Douglas County Emergency Management reports flooding on 23rd and 6th streets, as well as in downtown Lawrence. Flash flood warning still in effect until 6 p.m.

4:25 p.m.

Victims rescued from vehicles, 23rd and Ousdahl reopened, according to Douglas County dispatch.

4:07 p.m.

Douglas County is now under a flash flood warning until 6 p.m. Emergency crews are rescuing drivers near 23rd and Ousdahl.

Workers are reporting water-level above car hoods.

Click here for latest NWS map.

4:03 p.m.

Douglas County dispatch is receiving calls of cars stuck in flooding near 23rd and Ousdahl. Road is shut down.

Small stream advisory also just issued for area.

3:00 update

Storms are starting to form in the Emporia area and are moving east, northeast. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for Osage County, but has since been canceled.

A new severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Anderson, Osage, Coffee and Franklin counties at 3:07 p.m. That storm was said to be producing large hail — quarter-size — and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

With this severe storm system, large hail is the greatest risk for our area, though a tornado watch has been issued for areas of southern Kansas.

Check back for updates.

Click here for updated NWS maps outlining locations of warnings and watches.

1:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas and surrounding counties until 9 p.m. tonight.

The forecast from the NWS for Douglas County is as follows:

• This Afternoon: Rain and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could be severe. Areas of dense fog before 3pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 48. East wind around 5 mph becoming north. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

• Tonight: Rain before 3am, then rain and snow likely. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 28. Blustery, with a north wind between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Noon update

The National Weather Service again extends the dense fog advisory for most of the area, this time until 4 p.m. today.

9:30 a.m. update

The National Weather Service has extended the dense fog advisory for Douglas and surrounding counties until noon today.

The NWS is also forecasting thunderstorms during the day and into the evening, with rain changing to snow overnight. However, snow accumulation is expected to be less than a half inch.

7 a.m. update

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for much of the area until 10 a.m. Sunday.

According to the advisory, "warm and moist air moving north into the cooler air" could create widespread fog, reducing visibility to a quarter mile or less.

The advisory warns of hazardous driving conditions created by the reduced visibility, as well as the potential for a "light glazing of ice" on the roads.

The following area counties are included in the advisory:

• Douglas

• Franklin

• Jefferson

• Johnson

• Wyandotte

• Leavenworth


Curtis Lange 4 years, 3 months ago

I was talking more about the snow later tonight. Meteorological Spring starts Tuesday though! :)

gccs14r 4 years, 3 months ago

From my perspective, it isn't Spring until after last frost day. Unless it has been revised recently, that's May 15th.

alm77 4 years, 3 months ago

"Workers reporting water-level above car hoods." WoW!! No pictures yet?

riverdrifter 4 years, 3 months ago

Radar-indicated tornado warning at 703pm for Autieville.

riverdrifter 4 years, 3 months ago

Our climate just made a short-range change. Wind swung fromm NNE to NW here in Baldwin with the lead gust to 31 mph. Now for de snow to come, what there is of it. Looks like that storm might've shot the gap between Indy and Coffeeville.

riverdrifter 4 years, 3 months ago

Coffeyville. Threads are for corrections only. See.

riverdrifter 4 years, 3 months ago

I hope nothing was spilled. That storm is now in Labette county and is still warned. That's almost an hour now.

Curtis Lange 4 years, 2 months ago

Yesterday was an interesting weather day from dense fog to the thunderstorms with snow on the ground! Honestly, I'm glad that the snow forecast on the back end of the storm was a bust. After a month and a half of what seemed like large snow after large snow, I'm ready for Spring.

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