Two to 4 inches of snow likely Thursday

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 | 11:40 a.m. CST; updated 10:53 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

COLUMBIA — Forecasters are getting a better handle on the impact of a winter storm heading our way, and the latest data indicates significant snow is possible for the Columbia area.

A winter storm watch was posted for most of the southern half of Missouri from Thursday morning through late Thursday night to alert the public to the possibility of severe winter weather.

The National Weather Service in St. Louis, in an advisory issued this morning, said data and computer forecast models “indicate that all of the necessary ingredients for a major winter storm will be coming together across the central U.S. on Thursday and Thursday night.”

Heavy snow is likely from southern Missouri into southwest Illinois, the Weather Service said, with more than 6 inches of snow possible along and south of Interstate 44 in Missouri and along and south of Interstate 70 in Illinois.

The Weather Service said that one of the biggest uncertainties this morning was how far north the heavy snow will fall. Boone County is on the northern edge of counties in Missouri that were under a winter storm watch. The latest forecast for Columbia calls for 2 to 4 inches of snow on Thursday and more snow Thursday night.

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