Archive for Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Winter storm forces cancellation of classes, events

February 20, 2013, 10:17 a.m. Updated February 21, 2013, 1:35 p.m.


The snow storm has prompted cancellations and closings.

The Lawrence Journal-World offices will close at 2 p.m. today. However, staff will continue to be reachable by phone. The main number for the company is 785-843-1000.

Here’s a list of other closings and cancellations for Thursday:


• East 950 Road is closed between North 1970 and North 2000 roads.

• The road across Clinton Lake Dam — East 900 Road — is closed.


• Amarr Garage Doors has canceled second and third shifts.

• OrthoKansas, LLC is closing at 2 p.m. Thursday.

• Capitol Federal Savings Bank locations are closed Thursday.

Event cancellations

• The Lied Center has canceled Thursday night's performance by the Russian National Orchestra. The Lied Center is offering ticket exchanges or a refund for all ticket holders. For more information, contact the Ticket Office, 785-864-2787, which is closed Thursday because of the weather.

• Tonight's performance by musician Darrell Lea at Drury Place at Alvamar has been canceled.

School cancellations

• Kansas University: All classes after 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses are canceled. Only weather-essential employees should report for work.

• Baker University’s Baldwin City and Kansas City Metro campuses and School of Nursing in Topeka

• Haskell Indian Nations University: All classes canceled and all offices closed.

• Lawrence Public Schools

• Veritas Christian School

• Bishop Seabury Academy

• McLouth Public Schools

• Wellsville Public Schools

• Ottawa Public Schools

• Eudora Public Schools

• Baldwin City Public Schools

• Oskaloosa Public Schools

• Perry-Lecompton Public Schools

• Basehor-Linwood Public Schools

• Tonganoxie Public Schools

• Raintree Montessori School

• Lawrence Montessori School

• Prairie Moon Waldorf School

• Century School

• Santa Fe Trail Middle School in Olathe

• Googols of Learning Childcare Development Center

• First Presbyterian First 5 Years Preschool

• Building Blocks Daycare Center

• The Plymouth Language Program's evening Spanish and English classes are canceled.


• Thursday night's Historic Resources Commission meeting has been canceled.

• Douglas County offices are closed. Road crews and essential workers remain on the job.

• The city's transit system — The T — has canceled fixed-route bus service, beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday. For anyone who used the T-Lift service Thursday morning, return trips will be provided.

• Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department's offices and clinic are closed.

• Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority is closed.

• Stull UMC Food Pantry is closed.

• Haskell Health Center is closed.

• City of Lawrence offices are closed. All personnel not involved in the current snow operations, emergency services, daily infrastructure or utility operations are not required to report to work today.

• "Weather101" class scheduled for Thursday afternoon has been canceled.

• Lawrence Public Library is closed.

• Douglas County District Court is closed.

• Lawrence Arts Center: Preschool and all programs are canceled.

• City of Tonganoxie offices are closed.

• Just Food food bank is closed.

• Douglas County Senior Services: All programs, Senior Meals and transportation are canceled.

• Independence Inc.: All offices are closed, and classes and transportation are canceled.

• Community Living Opportunities Center is closed.

• All Lawrence Parks and Recreation classes and activities are canceled. Centers are closed.

• Lawrence Meals on Wheels is canceled.

• Health Care Access Clinic is closed.

• Heartland Community Health Center is closed.

• Ballard Community Services is closed.

• Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center is closed.

• Cottonwood Inc. is closed.

• Douglas County CASA offices are closed and volunteer training is canceled.

• Kansas state executive branch offices are closed. This closure affects nonessential executive branch employees scheduled to work between 6 a.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday.

• Kansas Legislature is not in session.

Recycling and trash

• The Wal-mart recycling center is closed.

• Deffenbaugh Industries will not pick up recycling today in Lawrence. Deffenbaugh customers on a Thursday route will have their recycling picked up Friday.

• Community Living Opportunities Curbside Recycling has been canceled.

• Trash pickup in Lawrence will be done early Thursday. Residents who miss pickup can call 832-3032 to arrange for another.


CardHawkFan 5 years, 2 months ago

A little too ironic...yeah, I really do think.

kthxbi 5 years, 1 month ago

No, it's like a free ride when you've already paid.

Ken Garner 5 years, 1 month ago

No, its like a no smoking sign on your cigerette break.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 5 years, 1 month ago

Why go to a class about it when you can watch it happen, which we always do. The best money I ever spent was for my second Davis weather station. The first wired one lasted over ten years. The new one is wireless and operates on a solar panel. It is great. I have enough information to make a good guess about what is going to happen, which is all the weather forecasters do.

riverdrifter 5 years, 1 month ago

I have the Davis Weather Pro 2, like you do. Aren't they great? Mine is coming up on 4 years old and has never missed any data, save for when freezing rain disabled the anemometer. Only gripe is that the rain gage chronically under-records by about 5%. So, I use one of these for comparison.

ldawg 5 years, 1 month ago

It like the good advice that you just didn't take

evalrt 5 years, 1 month ago

It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife

candaceflynn 5 years, 1 month ago

It's like dating Dave Coulier and realizing he's not so cool.

Joe Berns 5 years, 1 month ago

Isn't Dave Coulier that guy on Dual Survival?

dragonfly0221 5 years, 1 month ago

So the city can plan ahead for trash but not for schools?

elliottaw 5 years, 1 month ago

They only have so many "snow days" built in to the calendar, so it is not as easy to just say cancel school who cares, those days have to be made up, there is not rush to cancel them nothing is harmed making sure that the snow does come, and is heavy enough that it warrents closing the school

d_prowess 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't really understand what waiting until 6am will do when the majority of the snow is going to fall between 6am and 4pm tomorrow. At 6am, things may be alright, but by 11am, they could be unsafe, but all the students will already be at school. What will people do then? I know you don't want to call things too early in fear that the forecast will change, but I think you should be pretty certain of the forecast by about 10pm tonight to make the call. Afterall, if the idea behind closing schools and KU is to keep the students safe, don't you have to assume some validity for the forecast in this situation?

ComeOnMannnnnnn 5 years, 1 month ago

Things may change. Last year we called a snow day the night before we were suppose to get a huge storm and we got nothing. If at 6am the storm seems to be on path they will close it

Kendall Simmons 5 years, 1 month ago

I'm genuinely curious. If driving is unsafe at, say, 11 AM, then what is the plan for getting the kids home safely 4 hours later?

dragonfly0221 5 years, 1 month ago

Maybe Lawrence schools don't prepare enough with their calendar with only one snow day built in? I would rather cancel and keep kids safe since the wrst is to happen while kids would be at school. Surrounding counties and even Topeka 501 have already cancelled.

parrothead8 5 years, 1 month ago

So keep your kids at home. Who's stopping you?

Jeanne Cunningham 5 years, 1 month ago

I agree. Don't let anyone else dictate your decisions about your kid's/kids' safety.

d_prowess 5 years, 1 month ago

But at what point to the districts have a responsibility for their employees? It is easy for someone to keep their children home, but what about the teachers that needs to travel to and (in this case the potential more dangerous) from School. People can't think so individualistically about these things. You have to consider all of the parts that have to work in order to make a place like a School work properly.

Jeanne Cunningham 5 years, 1 month ago

Maybe their union should include that in future negotiations. When/if the entire rest of the city has already come to its senses the day/night before, there should be NO debate. Better safe than sorry, I say. There is NO logic to adding vehicles full of school children to snowy/sleety/icy roads. And, if it's a false alarm sometimes, it's still the better option.

Sheila Hooper White 5 years, 1 month ago

Custodians still have to go in. Not everyone employed by the district gets a snow day.

Bridgett Walthall 5 years, 1 month ago

Thank you. This. Keep your kids home. Problem solved.

Ricky_Vaughn 5 years, 1 month ago

That song makes me want to dig out my ear drums with a grapefruit spoon...

introversion 5 years, 1 month ago

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you when you think everything's ok and everything blows up in your face...

Tim Quest 5 years, 1 month ago

Cool, thanks, we've never had winter in the midwest before so this is all new information.

UneasyRider 5 years, 1 month ago

Guess we need to wait, as usual. until 6:00 AM for USD 497 to announce school cancellations.

jimmyjms 5 years, 1 month ago

Rick Doll, this is ridiculous. Call it already!

elliottaw 5 years, 1 month ago

I know why is he waiting to see if we actually get any snow, jeez

Skyler Houser 5 years, 1 month ago

Take a look at Says lawrence public schools closed

mom_of_three 5 years, 1 month ago

I am glad the schools are cancelled. The worst of the storm is expected tomorrow during the work day and it could be a huge mess trying to drive home safely. I am already wondering about Friday, if we get what they have predicted.

tukee 5 years, 1 month ago

those dirty pigs in the legislature ought to get their oily hides in for work. This isn't the union anymore, scoundrels.

Ali Edwards 5 years, 1 month ago

Heartland Community Health Center will also be closed tomorrow.

Ali Edwards, Development Director Heartland Community Health Center

irvan moore 5 years, 1 month ago

i've never figured out why they close the library when all the other city offices/services aren't closed

Anthony Mall 5 years, 1 month ago

Heartland, food bank, ballard, parks and rec office, Douglas county court, access health center, meals on wheels.... And yes THE LIBRARY!!! I don't know what your talking about, but its pretty obvious that everything was shut down today...

irvan moore 5 years, 1 month ago

with the excepttion of the library none of the organizations you mentioned are a city service

Anthony Mall 5 years, 1 month ago

This is obviously a serious issue to you lol... Everything is shut down, deal with it!!! If you care so much you should volunteer to open it for the massive amount of people concerned about the library being closed today... Call the mayor's office, I am sure he is in his office patiently awaiting calls about the closing of the library and has nothing else to be concerned with all day!!!

irvan moore 5 years, 1 month ago

i don't care one way or the other, please remember old people have plenty of time to wonder about meaningless things, it keeps what's left of our minds active

tomatogrower 5 years, 1 month ago

• City of Lawrence offices are closed. All personnel not involved in the current snow operations, emergency services, daily infrastructure or utility operations are not required to report to work today.

chaelaw 5 years, 1 month ago

Please add Hilltop Child Development Center to the list of closings! Thank you!

tomatogrower 5 years, 1 month ago

I've heard a lot of places are closing and sending workers home. Honeywell in Olathe shut down. Be safe people. But I'm happy we are getting real snow.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 1 month ago

KU and USD 497 called off school Wednesday.

People began falling out of their chairs in disbelief. Others were requesting treatment for shock by way of Copperhead. Still others were spotted jumping up and down with joy on their way to La Prima Taza for Latte and cookies.

Yet another circle of socialized interacting humans seemed to be off to the Bourgeoisie Pig with large smiles.

Thousands of parents throughout this community are suspected of praising the early decision which was immediately followed up with celebrating the opportunity to sleep in.

Thanks for the early decision school officials.

JayCat_67 5 years, 1 month ago

They aren't getting it from Pizza Shuttle. Closed.

kernal 5 years, 1 month ago

KCI finally closed late this morning and I-70 now closed between Salina and Hays.

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