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Winter weather advisory issued; forecasts warn of ‘blizzard-like’ conditions late Wednesday, early Thursday

December 18, 2012, 2:39 p.m. Updated December 18, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

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Get ready for some serious winter weather, for the first time in nearly two years.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Douglas County and other parts of northeast and north-central Kansas, warning of the possibility of several inches of snow and strong winds late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

Jared Leighton, a meteorologist at the NWS Topeka office, said the good news is that the worst of the storm around Lawrence and Douglas County should come between about midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday. The advice for that period of time: If at all possible, don't venture out from your home.

"There could be some pretty tumultuous conditions: whiteouts, perhaps blizzard-like conditions," Leighton said.

He said Lawrence-area residents could expect about 1 to 3 inches of snow, which by itself wouldn't be too much of a problem. But when combined with 20- to 30-mph winds, with gusts up to 40, things could get pretty dangerous overnight. Visibility could be very low.

"Anybody that's out in the elements at that time will be in some peril," Leighton said.

The storm appears more severe than anything that occurred last winter, which was unusually mild, he said. It won't compare with the blizzards that came through during the winter of 2010-11, though.

Mark Thiel, assistant public works director for the city of Lawrence, said that might be his biggest concern as drivers take the roads on Thursday morning after the storm: that they won't remember to take proper caution while driving in winter weather, since it's been so long.

He hopes drivers remember to set aside some extra time for their commute Thursday morning, check news reports before heading out, drive slowly and watch out for icy surfaces that may appear to be just wet.

The powerful winds expected might drop the windchill into the low teens Thursday morning, Thiel said, which could allow for some snow accumulation on the roads. He said drivers could probably expect roads to be wet and slushy during their morning commute Thursday, and bridges and overpasses may be especially dangerous.

"Those are probably road surfaces that will become slickest the quickest," Thiel said.

He said city crews would be watching to see if they can deploy trucks to pretreat roads with a liquid salt solution in the hours before the storm.

But forecasts right now call for rain immediately before, he said, and pretreating streets while it rains can actually cause them to be slicker later on.

Snowfall should be finished by 6 a.m., Leighton said, though the stiff winds may continue for a bit.

"If you don't have to drive anywhere early Thursday morning, I wouldn't," Leighton said.

The Kansas Highway Patrol on Tuesday released reminders for drivers as winter weather begins. Among them: When conditions are bad, slow down and turn your headlights on and your cruise control off; replace wiper blades, check your tires and fluid levels; stock your car with an emergency kit; allow for a safe following distance; and, of course, always wear your seat belt.

The city of Lawrence reminded residents last week of the sidewalk snow removal ordinance in place since 2008. All property owners have 48 hours after snow or ice stops falling to clear off all sidewalks adjacent to their properties.

Property owners cited will be fined $20 plus court costs. To report violations, residents can call the city's Code Enforcement Division at 785-832-7700.

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biggunz 1 year, 3 months ago

Blah, blah, blah. We won't get squat.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 3 months ago

reviewing the warning current warnings/advisories for our area. Shawnee/jeff co have a warning, we don't. looks like NWS thinks lawrence might get 4inches.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS 327 PM CST WED DEC 19 2012  .A POTENT WINTER STORM WILL BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW ALONG WITH VERY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS. WHILE THE SNOWFALL ITSELF WILL NOT LAST LONG...GENERALLY OCCURRING FOR 6 TO 9 HOURS WEDNESDAY EVENING INTO EARLY THURSDAY MORNING...IT WILL BE MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES. THE MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL COMBINE WITH WINDS GUSTING UP TO 50 MPH TO PRODUCE BRIEF PERIODS OF NEAR WHITE OUT CONDITIONS. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL RANGE FROM AS LITTLE AS 1 TO 3 INCHES IN EAST CENTRAL KANSAS TO NEARLY 6 INCHES ALONG THE NEBRASKA BORDER.  KSZ040-055-056-058-059-201100- /O.CON.KTOP.WW.Y.0004.121220T0300Z-121220T1500Z/ DOUGLAS-OSAGE-FRANKLIN-COFFEY-ANDERSON- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LAWRENCE...OTTAWA 327 PM CST WED DEC 19 2012  ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM CST THURSDAY...  A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM CST THURSDAY.  TIMING...MIXED PRECIPITATION IS POSSIBLE AFTER 9 PM WITH MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW DEVELOPING BY MIDNIGHT. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS LIKELY TO OCCUR BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 6 AM. THE SNOW SHOULD COME TO AN END BY 9 AM THURSDAY  TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED BETWEEN INTERSTATE 35 AND INTERSTATE 70...WITH 1 TO 3 INCH AMOUNTS LIKELY ALONG AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 35.  WINDS...NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 50 MPH.  IMPACTS...PERIODS OF NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY. THE STRONG WINDS WILL ALSO CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW. TRAVEL LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS.  PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  CONDITIONS CAN DETERIORATE RAPIDLY IN WINTER WEATHER SITUATIONS... PLAN EXTRA TIME WHEN TRAVELING. PRACTICE YOUR WINTER SAFETY RULES...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR CAR IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.  A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING...ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.  &&  $$

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jj14 1 year, 3 months ago

My tulips are coming up....just noticed them today!!! UGH

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 3 months ago

... and when I was a kid in them olden days I had to walk barefoot to school, regardless of the massive snow--uphill coming and going.
maybe the winds and blowing snow mean some caution, but hey people it's only an advisory!

chill out forgive my pun.

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Currahee 1 year, 3 months ago

If 1-3 inches of snow with 40mph wind gusts are "blizzard like" conditions, then the northern states must always be in a blizzard..

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moonlite318 1 year, 3 months ago

City of Lawrence needs to be reminded to get hills and Valleys on the east side so people dont have to walk 5 miles to work

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irvan moore 1 year, 3 months ago

is this gonna be a preview from the mayans

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tange 1 year, 3 months ago

Bring it.

/ take anticommunist

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Karl_Hungus 1 year, 3 months ago

"And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts. And I looked, and behold a pale horse, and his name that sat on him was Death, and hell followed with him."

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catfishturkeyhunter 1 year, 3 months ago

Thanks for reminding us to break our backs or else when its all done.

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