Archive for Monday, January 10, 2011

KDOT reports road conditions improving, but more snow moving in; NWS extends winter weather advisory to 3 p.m. Tuesday

January 10, 2011, 11:46 a.m.

Updated: January 10, 2011, 4:49 p.m.

4:15 p.m. update

Just in time for your drive home, the Kansas Department of Transportation is declaring that all federal and state highways in Douglas County, except the Kansas Turnpike, have been upgraded to "slushy."

That's as opposed to completely snowpacked or partly snowpacked, which they were earlier. The Kansas Turnpike remains "completely snowpacked," according to KDOT.

In other counties, road conditions are mixed. In southern Johnson County, roads are partly snowpacked, while in northern Johnson County they're slushy. The Kansas Turnpike is completely snowpacked. In Shawnee County, all highways are still considered completely snowpacked.

But just because you can see bare pavement, don't assume the pavement is clear. Several motorists have reported slick conditions on Lawrence streets that have been cleared, because the moisture and precipitation are combining to produce ice.

Forecasters are also predicting a band of heavy snow moving through the area between now and 6 p.m., which could lead to an addition 1-2 inches of snow.

2:55 p.m. update

The National Weather Service has extended the winter weather advisory for Douglas County until 3 p.m. Tuesday. Previously the advisory was set to expire Tuesday morning.

Another round of moderate snowfall will add up to an additional 1-3 inches of snow Monday afternoon and evening.

The advisory has been extended due to the threat of increasing winds and blowing snow through Tuesday. Wind gusts could be 25 mph by late evening and the wind chill is expected to drop to -10 to -15 degrees by midnight.

1:41 a.m. update

We just measured 3.75 inches at the Signal's office in downtown Baldwin City. How much snow do you have at your office or home?

11:04 a.m. update

Here is the latest update from the National Weather Service:

Moderate snowfall will eventually move east early Monday afternoon with another round of moderate snowfall late afternoon. Additional snow accumulations of 1-3 inches are possible through the rest of Monday.

Wind gusts could hit 20-25 mph by Monday night, and blowing snow could become a problem Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Snowfall is expected to taper off by midnight. Total accumulations could be 6-8 inches.

10:55 a.m. update

We just got off the phone with Kimberly Qualls from KDOT. Qualls said that highways in northeast Kansas are still bad.

"Until the snow stops and we can treat [the roads], it's going to be this way," Qualls said.

Once the snow does stop, it could present a new set of problems for KDOT. Qualls said blowing snow and drifting will be issues on Tuesday.

"Until then, our focus is plow, plow, plow," Qualls said.

10:24 a.m. update

There is a report of an overturned snow plow just west of Baldwin Junction on U.S. Highway 56. KDOT is still reporting that all highways in Douglas County remain snowpacked. That includes:

  • Kansas Highway 10
  • Interstate 70
  • Kansas Highway 32
  • U.S. Highway 24
  • U.S. Highway 40
  • U.S. Highway 56
  • U.S. Highway 59

8:59 a.m. update

The latest information from the Kansas Department of Transportation has all state and federal highways in northeast Kansas completely snowpacked.

A number of runoffs and minor accidents have been reported so far this morning but thus far, nothing serious.

7:54 a.m. update

According to the National Weather Service, 3.5 inches of snow has been reported in Lecompton, and 2.5 inches of snow east of Lawrence.

7:50 a.m. update

The latest road reports from KDOT are that all state and federal highways in Douglas County are completely snowpacked. In Leavenworth, Shawnee and Johnson counties, state and federal highways are either completely or mostly snowpacked.

In Lawrence, most residential streets are completely snow-covered, but on primary and collector streets, there are visible driving lanes.

If you're heading out this morning, remember to take it slow.

6:25 a.m. update

Practically all area school districts are closed today. We've got a complete list.

5:38 a.m. update

Just after 5:30 a.m. the Kansas Department of Transportation is reporting that all roads in Douglas County are completely snowpacked. These include:

  • Kansas Highway 10
  • Interstate 70
  • Kansas Highway 32
  • U.S. Highway 24
  • U.S. Highway 40
  • U.S. Highway 56
  • U.S. Highway 59

Drive carefully!

12:15 a.m.

City crews continue to treat streets in anticipation of snowfall. The National Weather Service predicts the area will receive anywhere from 1-3 inches overnight and into Monday.

Street conditions are currently drivable, though motorists are still urged to drive carefully on wet roadways.

The winter weather advisory is set to expire Tuesday morning.

3:36 p.m. update

The City of Lawrence will begin round-the-clock road treating and clearing at 6 p.m., spokeswoman Megan Gilliland said in a statement.

The city received about an inch of snow Saturday night an is expected to receive another 1-3 inches of snow Sunday night into Monday. The bulk of the 5-8 inches of snow forecast for Lawrence is expected to come during the day Monday.

2:10 p.m Update

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Douglas and surrounding counties from midnight tonight until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

6 a.m. Update

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Douglas and surrounding counties that remains in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night.

Forecasters expect snowfall to begin accumulating late Sunday night and continue into Monday evening, tapering off early Tuesday.

Total snow accumulations could be 5-7 inches by Tuesday morning with winds from 5-15 miles per hour.

Megan Gilliland, City of Lawrence communications manager, said city crews were out all Saturday night and Sunday morning working on removing snow and clearing roads. Gilliland said crews will continue working Sunday, and that she'll be able to provide more information and updates about the roads later on Sunday.

Counties covered by the winter storm watch include:

  • Anderson
  • Brown
  • Clay
  • Cloud
  • Coffey
  • Dickinson
  • Douglas
  • Franklin
  • Geary
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lyon
  • Marshall
  • Morris
  • Nemaha
  • Osage
  • Ottawa
  • Pottawatomie
  • Republic
  • Riley
  • Shawnee
  • Wabaunsee
  • Washington

The snow could make travel difficult and potentially dangerous.

Check back with baldwincity.com for updates.

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