The snow is no match for Lawrence resident Wayne Mercer, who sends it billowing off the sidewalk by way of a gas-powered snow blower on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 in Old West Lawrence. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo
Lawrence mom, Kendra Pitman Irwin teaches her two-year-old daughter Calista how to make a snow angel along the hill in Marvin Grove on the campus of Kansas University, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo
Lawrence resident Charles Moore sweeps away the snow from the brick sidewalk outside his East Lawrence home on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo
Area school superintendents decided on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, that it was too dangerous for their students to attend classes because of the first winter storm of the season. Lawrence and other school districts in northeast Kansas dismissed classes, and the weather force other closings and cancellations. The ice and snow proved a bit of a challenge for area residents as they cleaned sidewalks, including Kelli Duncan who was shoveling about 8 a.m. outside of McColm Orthodontics, 12 W. Eighth St.