Wintry mix could hit Lawrence over the weekend; rec centers available for warming

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The Lawrence area could see freezing temperatures, rain and sleet over the weekend.

The area is expected to see clear skies and a low around 35° overnight Friday. Saturday, however, there’s a 60% chance of precipitation with showers likely, mostly after 2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Topeka.

That chance increases to 90% overnight Saturday, with a forecasted low of 32°. Sunday morning could see rain and sleet, and the high temperature is expected to be 36°.

“Temperatures in the mid 20s to low 30s are expected on Sunday morning with lows in the lower 20s forecast on Monday morning,” according to NWS. “This will lead to a widespread hard freeze that will end the local growing season.”

Monday and Tuesday were still expected to be sunny and clear, but with temperatures in the low 40s, as of noon Friday.

Get warm

The city is offering its recreational facilities as places to get warm during their open hours (and notes that all guests must follow facility rules). Details:

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Lawrence Community Building

115 W. 11th St. (just west of 11th and Massachusetts streets)

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays

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East Lawrence Recreation Center

1245 E. 15th St. (just east of 15th Street and Haskell Avenue)

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays

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Holcom Park Recreation Center

2700 W. 27th St. (just east of 27th Street and Lawrence Avenue)

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays

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Sports Pavilion Lawrence

100 Rock Chalk Lane (~1 mile north of Sixth Street and George Williams Way on the far northwestern edge of town)

5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays
1 to 9 p.m. Sundays

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Severe weather resources

National Weather Service local office (Topeka):
 Find the latest weather forecast info and severe weather advisories for the Lawrence area at this link.

In the event of rapidly changing severe weather, such as tornadoes, the NWS posts frequent updates on Twitter, @NWSTopeka. You do not need a Twitter account to see tweets from NWS.

NWS is also on Facebook,

 Call 785-234-2592 to hear the forecast.

Douglas County Emergency Management:
Follow @DgCoEM on Twitter or Douglas County, KS- Emergency Management on Facebook,

Sign up to receive emergency alerts at

Find lots of tips on severe weather and other emergency preparedness on DgCoEM’s website at

Report storm damage (for non-emergencies only, and after storm danger has passed) via this form.

Evergy outages:
Check the status of power outages on the Evergy outage map,

Report a power outage at, or call 800-544-4857.

City of Lawrence snow info:
The city has snow information and a map at that shows information about road conditions and snow plow locations. The city typically begins snow and ice control for residential roadways when 2 or more inches of snowfall or icing occurs.

Air quality:
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