Winter weather information
Snow storm hits Lawrence
The predicted snow hit Lawrence Thursday morning leaving several inches on the ground before noon, with more on the way.
U.S. Postal Service to deliver mail on Sunday
Snow has not totally stopped the U.S. mail, but it is forcing carriers into an unorthodox situation.
Stuck between a backlog of mail caused by Thursday’s storm and an expected 10 to 12 inches of snow on Monday, the U.S. Postal Service will be making deliveries on Sunday in the Kansas City area, including in Lawrence and Leavenworth. The press release stated that Sunday was the best day for carriers to take advantage of clear streets.
The postal service asked that to help keep carriers safe customers “clear as much snow as possible from walkways, steps, porches and from around rural-type and cluster mailboxes.”
As Lawrence digs out from Thursday’s snowfall, another big storm may be on the way Monday.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Monday at 6 a.m. until noon Tuesday and predicts 10 to 12 inches of snow for the Lawrence area.
The storm could bring freezing rain and snow to the area Sunday night and Monday morning, before switching to snow during the day. The NWS predicts the snow will end by Tuesday morning.
According to the NWS, the heaviest snow should come Monday evening and Tuesday. Winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour out of the north-northwest are also expected with the storm possibly creating near white-out conditions at times.
Megan Gilliland, city of Lawrence communications manager, said that if Lawrence gets snow before 8 a.m. Monday, the sidewalk snow ordinance will not go into effect Monday as originally planned.
Gilliland said Lawrence plow crews finished all snow operations as of noon Saturday and are already preparing for the upcoming storm by restocking and repairing equipment. Crews will be back on duty at midnight Monday to be ready to go Monday morning.
The city has also called in additional city resources and private contractors for help plowing roads.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Lawrence district had no plans to cancel school for Monday.
Vanessa Sanburn, Lawrence school board president, said Lawrence schools already will have to hold classes April 26, the day built into the calendar in case of extra snow days, to make up for the three days of canceled classes the district has had so far this school year.
On Sunday, the States Emergency Operations Center, which was also activated late last week, was activated. The center works with local municipalities in handling weather emergencies.
* To check the city's snow website, which includes a snowplow map, click here.