Spring storm leaves cloudy skies with cold, wet conditions
Sand Trap Classic rescheduled
• The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s Sand Trap Classic golf tournament, scheduled for Friday, has been rescheduled because of the expected winter weather.
• The new event date is June 28.
11 p.m. update
The storm has let up a bit as the temperature hovers above freezing. The latest update from the National Weather Service shows conditions will remain cold and wet. Chances for rain or a wintery mix will continue through tonight and into Friday.
7 p.m. update
Light snow and sleet have been falling in Lawrence since this afternoon, but the roads and ground around the city remain clear of any accumulation. National Weather Service meteorologist Jared Leighton said he did not think Lawrence would see any accumulation because of warm ground temperatures. The precipitation is also expected to taper off in the next few hours.
The low for the evening is expected to be just above freezing and Leighton said he did not think that the weather would cause any traffic hazards.
There is a 40 percent chance of snow on Friday, but Leighton said accumulation was unlikely.
3 p.m. update
The National Weather Service still predicts snow this evening as well as Friday after 1 p.m. But the forecast remains at less than half an inch of snow accumulation for Thursday as well as Friday. There’s also a 40 percent chance of rain and snow on Friday evening.
11:30 a.m. update
The rain falling in Lawrence currently will turn into a rain and snow mix Thursday afternoon, and will become all snow after 10 p.m., according to the most recent forecast from the National Weather Service.
Snow accumulation is still expected to be less than an inch, according to the NWS forecast. However, Weather.com is predicting one to three inches.
Motorists are encouraged to drive safely, as roadways may become hazardous with potential sleet.
Wednesday evening update
Don’t let the past few days, with high temperatures in the 70s and 80s, fool you: Old Man Winter hasn’t left town just yet.
Lawrence could see up to a half inch of snow Thursday afternoon and into the evening, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service.
Rain is also expected before 1 p.m. Thursday, leading to potential snowfall later in the day.
A forecast from Weather.com is predicting more snow, between two and four inches.
While it should be much colder than usual in Lawrence, with a low of 30 degrees expected, Thursday isn’t expected to break the 2005 record of an all-time low of 25 degrees for May 2.
And if snow does fall, it won’t be the latest day in the year that’s happened locally, but close. According to the NWS, which keeps such data for the Topeka area, snow fell in the area on May 3, all the way back in 1912.