The National Weather Service says an ice storm is still poised to hit the Lawrence area, but residents are expected to get a bit of a reprieve on when it starts.
The midday forecast from the National Weather Service’s Topeka office calls for a 50 percent chance of freezing rain from 7 p.m. tonight to 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Previously, the Weather Service had predicted freezing rain may begin in the late afternoon as motorists were beginning the commute home.
The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of freezing rain tonight, a 40 percent chance during the daytime hours Saturday, and a 70 percent chance Saturday evening. Sunday — when thousands of motorists are expected to be traveling to a home playoff game for the Kansas City Chiefs — is expected to be a particularly active weather day. The forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of freezing rain early on Sunday with it changing to a mix of rain and freezing rain later in the day.