Light snow causes several minor accidents; frigid temperatures expected soon

Light snow caused several minor accidents Saturday afternoon on roads and highways in rural Douglas County, and forecasters say frigid temperatures are in store for next week.

Daniel Reese, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said the Lawrence area received an inch or less of snow on Saturday afternoon. He said the snow started falling at around noon, and that the heaviest snowfall occurred from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

During the snowfall, emergency personnel responded to multiple rollover and slide-off accidents on rural roads and highways in Douglas County, but none that involved serious injuries, according to emergency radio traffic.

Reese said there would be more chances for light snow on Sunday and Monday, and that frigid temperatures would settle over northeast Kansas for at least the next week. Highs in Lawrence are expected to be in the high teens and low 20s, and overnight lows will fall into the low single digits, he said. Northwest winds of 10 to 15 mph are expected to create single-digit daytime wind chills and sub-zero nighttime wind chills.

“It’s difficult to say just how long the extreme cold will stick around,” Reese said. “It will be around at least through next weekend. Beyond that, it’s hard to say.”


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