From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 17, 1987:
- Kansas University was reporting a highest-ever first-day headcount for a spring semester. On the first day of classes, 24,563 students had been enrolled at all KU campuses. In the meantime, the number of students attending Haskell Indian Junior College this semester was down about 100 from the previous spring. Officials cited a lack of campus housing and lack of federal money available for off-campus housing assistance as factors in the decrease.
- The Lawrence area had been hit by a few inches of snow on the previous night, with up to another six inches falling the following day as another storm moved into eastern Kansas. Slick streets had contributed to more than 80 minor accidents on city streets so far. More snow was expected to arrive before the storms finally subsided.