National Weather Service downgrades winter storm warning
Douglas, surrounding counties included
Snow is still expected, but the storm isn't looking as severe as before.
The National Weather Service has canceled the winter storm warning. Instead, Douglas and the surrounding counties are under a winter storm advisory from 6 tonight through 6 p.m. Monday.
Forecasts now call for 2 to 5 inches of accumulation, with gusty winds expected Monday afternoon.
The National Weather Service's winter storm warning goes into effect at 6 p.m. Sunday evening and will last until Monday evening.
According to 6News meteorologist Ed Bloodsworth, light snow flurries, which have already begun to fall, will be hanging around throughout the morning and into the afternoon. The heavy snowfall that is expected wouldn't reach Lawrence until sometime between 7 p.m. Sunday and midnight Monday.
Bloodsworth said the Lawrence area could see anywhere from four to eight or more inches of snow during the next 48 hours. Winds are also supposed to pick up late Monday, which will make driving conditions more hazardous. The whipping winds could blow snow across roads, limiting visibility and increasing the potential for accidents.
Temperatures are hovering around freezing and are expected to dip lower as the day goes on.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Douglas County and surrounding counties effective Sunday evening.
Freezing drizzle will begin falling Sunday morning, slowly mixing with and eventually turning to snow Sunday afternoon. The snow is expected to fall throughout the night Sunday and into Monday morning. There is still some uncertainty around the amount of snowfall possible, but the NWS estimates it could be anywhere from six to 12 inches.
Winds are also predicted to be a factor Monday, which could cause considerable blowing and drifting of snow.
The watch is expected to expire Monday evening.
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