Archive for Wednesday, January 5, 2005

City coping, waiting for more wintry weather

January 5, 2005

Lansing and the area continue to feel the effects of an ice storm that is slowly passing through the area.

Customers south of Mary Street, including Lansing City Hall, were without power from about 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. today, City Administrator Mike Smith said. It was unclear this morning if the outage extended to the Lansing High School, Intermediate School and Elementary School campuses, but it didn't matter: The district called off classes today because of the storm.

A light freezing rain persisted across the area through the morning hours today. The National Weather Service said snow or light freezing rain was likely in the afternoon with snow accumulation up to 1 inch possible. Highs in the upper 20s were forecast with temperatures steady or slowly falling in the afternoon. Gusty north winds of 10 to 20 mph and higher will cause bitterly cold conditions, the Weather Service said, and it will only get colder tonight, with wind chill readings from 2 below zero to 8 forecast.

Icy roads, downed tree limbs and power lines were reported overnight by Leavenworth County Emergency Management. Icing of a quarter to half inch has been common on trees and power lines.

Areas of Kansas Highway 7 were snowpacked this morning in Leavenworth County. Plows were seen on the highway.

The Weather Service advisory continued to urge motorists to exercise caution through the day and tonight. As temperatures fall overnight, ice will form on the roads, making driving more treacherous.


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