Archive for Sunday, December 30, 2012

Roads around Lawrence grow slick as snow, freezing drizzle, fall Monday night

December 30, 2012, 12:57 p.m. Updated December 31, 2012, 3:25 p.m.


9:30 p.m. update

Less than an inch of snow has piled up in Lawrence, but the Kansas Department of Transportation warns that streets and highways will be treacherous tonight as temperatures drop and ice freezes over roads.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday, and northeastern Kansas can expect more snow until midnight, according to the National Weather Service. Freezing drizzle may reach Lawrence from south of Interstate Highway 70.

All of Interstate 70 between Topeka and Kansas City is snow packed, as are Kansas Highway 10 and Highway 59. Elsewhere, highways are covered in slush. But of more concern, transportation officials say, is the black ice that is likely to form on roads, as thin sheets of water freeze and create an invisible hazard.

The low temperature tonight, according to the weather service forecast, is 27 degrees. The wind chill may reach down to 10 degrees.

8:00 p.m. update

Kansas Highway 10 is covered in snow from Lawrence to De Soto with "slush" across the rest, the Kansas Department of Transportation reports. The National Weather Service shows freezing drizzle is moving into Lawrence from south of Interstate Highway 70.

7:00 p.m. update

The Kansas Department of Transportation warns that, with freezing temperatures setting in and some freezing rain on the way, road conditions will grow increasingly hazardous Monday night.

Kansas roads, especially on hills, are slick and drivers should watch for black ice. Road crews are out treating roads and plowing snow.

The National Weather Service reports Lawrence has accumulated less than an inch of snow, but more is expected to fall until midnight. Wind chills late into the night may dip down to 10 degrees.

3:30 p.m. update

The Kansas Department of Transportation road conditions map shows Interstate 70, between Topeka and Lawrence, is snow packed.

The National Weather Service map shows more snow heading toward Lawrence.

10:45 a.m. Monday update

Snow has been trickling down in Lawrence since this morning. The National Weather Service predicts 1 to 2 inches in the area throughout Monday, with snow tapering off around midnight.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

For a look at the NWS radar, visit


The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a winter weather advisory that includes the likelihood of snow on Monday. City workers will be out preparing for snow on Lawrence streets early Monday morning.

According to the weather service's hazardous weather alert, a storm system in the desert southwest will move into the central plains, bringing snow with it. The heaviest snowfall is expected from noon through 9 p.m. Monday. Snow is expected to taper off after midnight. Accumulations are expected in the 2- to 5-inch range.

City maintenance crews will begin preparing for the snow at 4 a.m. Monday morning, according to release from City Hall Communications Manager Megan Gilliland Sunday night. Crews have already treated the pavement and will start sand and salt operations Monday morning.

Mark Thiel, assistant public works director, said despite the city's efforts to keep streets clear, motorists should slow down and allow extra time for driving.

Kansas counties that will be affected include Douglas, Jefferson, Franklin, Shawnee, Lyon, Osage, Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Coffey and Anderson. And these cities will be affected: Lawrence, Topeka, Ottawa, Emporia, Marysville, Hiawatha, Concordia, Clay Center, Manhattan, Abilene and Junction City.

The weather advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The weather service said light snow will develop late Sunday night south of Interstate 70 and move north across the rest of the affected area through midday Monday. Higher amounts of snow are expected along the I-70 corridor west of Topeka.

Winds during the storm will blow out of the north/northeast at 10 to 15 mph.

The weather service said roads likely will become slick, which will make driving hazardous.


Curtis Lange 5 years ago

There is always one of you every storm...

Katara 5 years ago

That's the name of the next winter storm.

Erin Graham 5 years ago

There is too much moisture associated with this system to get 'squat'.

Kontum1972 5 years ago

five inches is not deep satisfaction....not the tip of the!

blindrabbit 5 years ago

Go out west of town on an east-west running road with 5 inches and a strong northwest wind and convince yourself that 5 inches is "not deep enough". I've seen 4 foot drifts with less; spending too much time in the protection of the city and avoiding the "wilds of the real Kansas".

kwilkins74 5 years ago

Watch for idiots on 10 highway.

appleaday 5 years ago

And then there are the people who think it's still OK to drive 50 or 60 miles per hour just because they're in a big vehicle and then go sailing off the road and into ditches. Let's all just be careful. Nothing is worth your life or the lives of others.

Richard Crank 5 years ago

"... and then go sailing off the road and into ..."

or worse, into another car driven by a slower & safer driver.

jhawkinsf 5 years ago

And get off your damn phone while driving. It's legal here. Not legal in other places. But it is unsafe everywhere.

Kontum1972 5 years ago

k-10 should be renamed "the highway too Hell"

appleaday 5 years ago

Or some idiot in a big SUV or pickup truck gets right on that person's back bumper in an attempt to bully them out of the way. Patience and consideration for others is essential in this weather. And not everyone has the luxury of getting to stay home.

elliottaw 5 years ago

If you can't drive the speed limit take a different road

Corey Williams 5 years ago

Does that mean over the speed limit, too?

appleaday 5 years ago

No one should be driving the speed limit when the roads are icy. And no one should ever be trying to bully another driver by driving too close. That's all I'm saying. I drive the turnpike because it's usually the safest. I drive at a reasonable rate of speed and occasionally have to pass another driver. I drive a small car and make every attempt to pass when there aren't other cars in the left lane. I get back into the right lane as soon as I can. But, invariably, someone in a big vehicle finds it necessary to pull up close and make things scary for a while. What would it hurt to be patient?

appleaday 5 years ago

I don't desire to drive slowly and I don't poke along in the left lane.

appleaday 5 years ago

I'm complaining about tailgating, which is never safe. People who tailgate are bullying other drivers to move. Just be patient. Like I said, I don't hang out in the left lane, I don't poke along. I'm just not driving 65 or 75.

bevy 5 years ago

It's a limit, not a minimum! Keep in mind the Kansas basic speed law = your speed should be "reasonable and prudent for the existing conditions." So if you're doing 65 mph in a 70 mph zone when it is icy, wet, and slick, you are breaking the law!

Christine Anderson 5 years ago

I agree with the poster who said five inches just is not satisfying.

Christine Anderson 5 years ago

Let it snow, let it snow, let it SNOW !!

Jeremiah Jefferson 5 years ago

I expect every one to be standing at the ready with their snow shovels in hand or else.

JackMcKee 5 years ago

I've heard everything from a trace to 6"+. I'd say the bases have all been covered.

elliottaw 5 years ago

Five inches is not news worthy, let me know when we will be getting real snow

CHEEZIT 5 years ago

Can still see the strips in the road where they pre-treated last week before the snow we didn't get. Will that still work?

riverdrifter 5 years ago

Toss the beagles into a briar patch and have a New Year's day rabbit hunt! Sage fried rabbit and garlic mashed taters with brown gravy and last summer's sweet corn all washed down with a bottle of Tott's champaigne. By week's end the ice may be thick enough to test for some crappie fishing on the ponds. Winter or whatever, it's what you make of it.

Catalano 5 years ago

Tard says "Leave Catalano alone."

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

That is so precious! What an expression.

headdoctor 5 years ago

Can you blame them. Unlike you they don't have a nice warm spot in your mom's basement.

bearded_gnome 5 years ago

if the weather channel names this one in their infinite wisdom, I guess this one would be the next one:

Freyer, they say 'tis the norse god of fair weather. funny joke that, not.

p.s. we're all gonna die!

Orwell 5 years ago

No comments claiming this an Obama plot to bury our freedom under socialist snow? Somebody's slipping.

headdoctor 5 years ago

Nope. This is just the fall out from the Republican snow job. Would be much deeper if it wasn't the holiday break.

riverdrifter 5 years ago

Well, it's precip. We'll take all we can get. The winter wheat and pastures hereabout need help. Snow, drizzle, rain, anything. We'll take it. Help!

bearded_gnome 5 years ago

aw darn, if we rated, then this one would be called Gandolf.

was just out walking with dog emergency. it's not bad now at all. didn't even wear gloves. nice walking this time of night.

bearded_gnome 5 years ago

whatsa matter orwell, feeling a little sensitive about your misguided president's failings with this economy? sad you had to drag in politics.

bearded_gnome 5 years ago

says "light snow" now, and at 9am, but at 9am north lawrence had big beautiful snowflakes. the snow was so lovely.

elliottaw 5 years ago

And it's done.....disappointing

Catalano 5 years ago

It's not done. Snowing heavily now east of Iowa.

elliottaw 5 years ago

But not in lawrence, you can still see the grass

Sherry Warren 5 years ago

Still getting it in Vinland/Zarco area

Liberty275 5 years ago

I don't know how you people can stand this weather. It's too cold and the snow just makes it worse by making your feet freeze.

I'm glad some of you like it because I don't.

riverdrifter 5 years ago

Poor thing. We spent this afternoon hunting geese in a cornfield in layout blinds. We were toasty warm but were dressed for it. Got 2 geese and both are already plucked and dressed and in the roaster pan. Happy New Year!

jackpot 5 years ago

"The Kansas Department of Transportation road conditions map shows Interstate 70, between Topeka and Kansas is snowpacked."?? Is it just me or between Topeka and Kansas not what they wanted to say?

Ian_Cummings 5 years ago

That's between Topeka and Lawrence. Thanks.

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