Archive for Friday, December 25, 2009

Blizzard Blog: Blowing snow, winter weather continue; winter weather advisory in effect; blizzard warning is over

December 25, 2009, 8:25 a.m.

Updated: December 25, 2009, 5:58 p.m.

5:25 p.m.

The Lawrence public transit system, the T, will not operate Saturday, Dec. 26, because of poor road conditions. People who have pre-scheduled service will be contacted Saturday morning about service.

City street crews are continuing to work around-the-clock on 12-hour shifts. The blowing, drifting snow has made the removal process difficult.

4:20 p.m.

Our area is now expected to get an additional two inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. The estimate is a slight bump up from the one inch prediction earlier today. City crews continue working to clear the streets, but motorists are still finding themselves stuck on the roads. One officer told Douglas County dispatchers the driving conditions were, "terrible, very very terrible."

2:39 p.m.

The National Weather Service is estimating our area will possibly get as much as another inch of light snow accumulation today. Heading into the evening the chances are about 50 percent that the area will continue to experience light snowfall. Temperatures will most likely remain below 20 degrees with wind chills dipping as low as eight degrees below zero.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is showing most major roads in Douglas County are still snowpacked and icy.

• I -70: Mostly snowpacked/ice

• K-10: Partly snowpacked/ice

• K-32: Mostly snowpacked/ice

• U.S.-24: Mostly snowpacked/ice

• U.S.-40: Partly snowpacked/ice

• U.S.-59: Mostly snowpacked/ice

8:06 a.m.

The National Weather Service has canceled the blizzard warning for Douglas and surrounding counties. The area is now under a winter weather advisory until 6:00 p.m. Friday.

5:46 a.m.

The Kansas Department of Transportation released Friday morning a bulletin detailing the current and expected weather and road conditions.

According to the KDOT release, most of the precipitation has moved out of northeast Kansas but high winds and blowing snow are still making travel a dangerous task. KDOT recommends drivers use caution, allow plenty of driving time, buckle up, turn on headlights and turn off cruise control. Drivers are also reminded to stay a safe distance behind de-icing and snow-clearing vehicles.

Douglas County roads are listed as mostly snowpacked with ice, while the some Topeka and Johnson County roads have been upgraded to wet and slushy.

Weather-wise in and around Lawrence, expect blowing snow and flurries before noon on Christmas Day. The high temperature should reach 14 degrees but wind chills could dip as low as negative nine degrees. The chance of precipitation is listed as 10 percent. A blizzard warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Friday.


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