Archive for Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Winter storm warning down graded for Douglas County

December 8, 2009, 9:26 a.m.

Updated: December 8, 2009, 8:23 p.m.


8:15 p.m. Snowfall was sticking to the roadways as of about an hour ago but the treated roads were turning it to slush and not causing problems.

City streets, U.S. Highway 56 and County Road 1055 were all slush covered but vert passable. Even baldwin Hill, one of the most treacherous areas, was easily traversed.

However, the snowfall continues to fall.

6 p.m. The afternoon rain that turned to mist has now turned to snow in Baldwin City. It is not sticking to road surfaces, which have been treated periodically throughout the day, yet. But the snow is sticking to parked vehicles.

Predictions are for 3 more inches of snow throughout the night in the area.

3:30 p.m. 6News Chief Meteorologist Matt Elwell said Douglas County is looking at probably 3 more inches of snow tonight, bringing the total for the storm to about 4 inches.

Elwell said to look for the rain to turn over to all snow in Lawrence within the next couple of hours. He said western areas of Douglas County were already seeing mostly snow.

2:50 p.m. The National Weather Service has ended the winter storm warning for Douglas County, as well as Osage and Lyon counties.

The area remains under a winter weather advisory. Ice and sleet, as well as some snow, are still expected this afternoon, but further accumulation is expected to be limited to 1-3 inches.

Areas just north and west, including Leavenworth, Jefferson and Shawnee counties remain under a winter storm warning and can expect 4-9 inches of snow.

2:01 p.m. The National Weather Service has downgraded its projection to be more in line with what 6News Chief Meteorologist Matt Elwell has been predicting. About 4-9 inches of snow are predicted in the area immediately south of Oskaloosa.

At this time, most precipitation is falling as a cold rain, but precipitation is expected to turn to snow later into the afternoon and evening, with winds picking up reducing visibility.

The winter storm warning remains in effect.

9:15 a.m. After a brief bout with freezing rain, it's now turned to rain in Baldwin City. However, streets and sidewalks are slick. City crews are out treating the ice on city streets.

8:45 a.m. Areas to the north of Baldwin City have received from one to five inches of snow, but so far there's only been a dusting in and around town. Streets have been pretreated in Baldwin City.

8:13 a.m. 6News Chief Meteorologist Matt Elwell is predicting total accumulation of 2-5 inches today, with snow resuming later this morning, and being followed by waves of heavier snow, before tapering off in the evening.

7:45 a.m. The National Weather Service has upped the snow forecast for the area to a total of 7-12 inches along a line from Herington to Lawrence, with localized total as high as 15 inches.

6News Chief Meteorologist Matt Elwell, however, is still advising we'll likely see lower amounts. So far, about 1/2 inch has accumulated on roads, about an inch on grassy surfaces, he said.

Roads in the area are slick, though most city streets are free of snow. According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, the Kansas Turnpike, U.S. Highway 40 and the South Lawrence Trafficway are completely snowpacked.

U.S. 59 and Kansas Highway 10 east of town are partly snowpacked.

Roads should be fine for the morning commute, but plan some extra time.


3:27 p.m. 6News Chief Meteorologist Matt Elwell says winter weather accumulations are more likely to be in the 2-4 inch range in the Lawrence area, but regions just a few miles north of Interstate 70 could see much greater totals, including the 6-9 inches being predicted by the National Weather Service.

3:17 p.m. The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a winter storm warning for Douglas County and nearby counties Osage and Lyon from midnight tonight until 6 a.m. Wednesday, in addition to Leavenworth and Jefferson counties, which were warned earlier.

Baldwin City, Lawrence and Emporia are included in the warning, which calls for an accumulation of snow and sleet between 6 and 9 inches, according to preliminary reports. No more than a quarter inch of sleet is expected. The warning is effective from midnight Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Snow is expected to develop in central Kansas Monday evening and spread eastward. Look for snowfall to continue through Tuesday night.

Strong north winds on Tuesday night - at 20 to 30 miles per hour - blowing snow may affect travel conditions and bring a subzero windchill.

The Signal will update weather information as it becomes available.


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