Archive for Monday, February 18, 2013

Snow and ice headed this way later this week; winter storm watch issued

February 18, 2013, 1:56 p.m. Updated February 18, 2013, 5:30 p.m.


Winter weather is expected Wednesday.

Winter weather is expected Wednesday.

A look at the National Weather Service forecast for the coming week.

A look at the National Weather Service forecast for the coming week.

Think it's been an easy winter? Don't be so sure—it's not over yet.

The National Weather Service is forecasting between six and eight inches of snow, along with sleet, to hit the area beginning Wednesday night and extending into Thursday evening.

Monday afternoon, NWS issued a winter storm watch for much of the area, including Douglas County. The watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday evening. The watch warns of snow-packed roads and ice on trees and power lines, which could lead to power outages.

Shawn Byrne, NWS meteorologist, said the Lawrence area will likely see an "all-snow scenario," while some areas south of Lawrence — such as Franklin County — could see more ice accumulation.

Traveling conditions will probably be most treacherous Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Byrne said. "Get your traveling done before Wednesday evening," he said.

Temperatures are expected to hover in the high 20s and low 30s through Thursday evening. The snow and rain are expected to clear up by Friday.

The Journal-World was unable to reach Lawrence officials to find out about snow preparation and street-clearing plans because city offices were closed Monday for President's Day.

Here's how temperature and precipitation totals for the area stack up in 2013 so far:

• January recorded just less than an inch of precipitation, slightly below the historical average. February, meanwhile, is slightly above average for the month so far, recording .84 inches.

• Average daily temperatures in January 2013 were nearly three degrees above average at 32.6. February's average temperature of 35.7 is about one degree above average.

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January and February precipitation

A look at the average precipitation totals for January and February. Information is from the National Weather Service, as well as the Kansas State Climatologist.

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January and February temps

A look at the average daily temperatures for January and February. Information is from the National Weather Service, as well as the Kansas State Climatologist.


Clickker 4 years ago

I thought we had global warmin

chootspa 4 years ago

It's dark outside right now. I thought we had a sun!

Gary Anderson 4 years ago

If your house burns down tonight....does that mean we have "Global Fire"? Local conditions have little to do with Global Conditions!

irvan moore 4 years ago

i'm gonna cook chili in the crockpot while i run the snowblower, might as well make the best of it

akt2 4 years ago

Crockpot cooks need a Plan B in case the power goes out.

riverdrifter 4 years ago

How do you know he made the map? He likely looked at the data and came to his own conclusion regarding the forecast.

Shaun Hittle 4 years ago

Mr Byrne said likely. He acknowledged that the sleet/freezing rain band could shift, but gave us the best conclusion as of 2pm.

Shaun LJW

elliottaw 4 years ago

Does this mean your not running to the grocery store for canned soup, toilet paper and milk?

jhawkinsf 4 years ago

We need the moisture, whether wet or frozen. I'll take all we can get.

Joe Berns 4 years ago

Calling it now, no school on Thursday, Friday is iffy if we get snow all day Thursday as well.

Definitely no school on Thursday!

riverdrifter 4 years ago

Stoke the hot tub & chill the wine, do away with the whine.

bearded_gnome 4 years ago

the map displays the reality of a few different gradients, or think of it as displaying the set of potential outcomes each having different likelihoods. the article's verbal summary from the "expert" is based on his read of that glop of potentialities together with his experience.

don't be so visually bound, otherwise you can be easily fooled by visual illusions, too.

now, understand, he is reading this from a couple days' in advance, and things can change and the line can move, moving that set of gradients around, changing timing, changing some temps, etc., and instead of snow and no ice, we could be here on thursday sunset with one inch thick of ice coating everything!

in other words, both the map and his interp are subject to variables of time, and inaccuracy.

riverdrifter 4 years ago

"in other words, both the map and his interp are subject to variables of time, and inaccuracy." What's your forecast? You know so much, tell us. Fact is, without the boys up at Topeka, you know squat. Tomorrow is is going to be be sunny, breezy and cold. What you have said beyond that?

Richard Heckler 4 years ago

Heat is the lover of creating intense storms no matter the season. Mother Nature responds when being abused. Mother Nature rules!!!

Union of Concerned Scientists claims the Earth is warming and human activity is the primary cause. Climate disruptions put our food and water supply at risk, endanger our health, jeopardize our national security, and threaten other basic human needs.

Some impacts—such as record high temperatures, melting glaciers, and severe flooding and droughts—are already becoming increasingly common across the country and around the world. So far, our national leaders are failing to act quickly to reduce heat-trapping emissions.

However, there is much we can do to protect the health and economic well-being of current and future generations from the consequences of the heat-trapping emissions caused when we burn coal, oil, and gas to generate electricity, drive our cars, and fuel our businesses.

Our country is at a crossroads: the United States can act responsibly and seize the opportunity to lead by developing new, innovative solutions, as well as immediately putting to use the many practical solutions we have at our disposal today; or we can choose to do nothing and deal with severe consequences later. At UCS we believe the choice is clear. It is time to push forward toward a brighter, cleaner future.

What exactly is Global Warming/Climate Change?

Dangerous Heat Is Increasing In The Midwest

bearded_gnome 4 years ago

RD, am not a meteorologist and couldn't play one on TV, and didn't try to make a forecast there. however, I do have some understanding of the stuff interacting thar. and I made my point at the end. chill

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