A large winter storm is expected to bring up to 8 inches of snow and sleet by early Monday.
The storm moved into the Lawrence area Saturday night. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning in effect until midnight Monday.
There were several accidents reported Saturday in conjunction with the weather. Among those reported was a fatality accident Saturday evening on U.S. Highway 56 and County Road 1061 in Douglas County. Two cars were involved in the accident; two people were killed, one was reported to have minor injuries and a fourth to have no life-threatening injuries. No further information was available Saturday night.
Matt Wolters, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Topeka, said the snow is likely to taper off around noon Sunday. Though there will be a heavy accumulation, Wolters said the roads shouldn't be hazardous for long.
"Right now we're seeing snow that's very dry, light and fluffy," Wolters said. "Though there will be quite a bit of snow it should be fairly easy to move around."
The storm is expected to bring wind gusts from 15 to 25 mph. Wind chills will likely range from 15 to 24 degrees below zero throughout the day and into Monday morning.
Wolters said the main concern with this system is the bitter cold.
"With wind chills this low, frost bite becomes a real concern," Wolters said. "Anyone going outside should wear plenty of layers and be sure to cover their face and neck."