Another winter storm takes aim at Missouri

Friday, February 19, 2010 | 4:01 p.m. CST; updated 8:41 p.m. CST, Friday, February 19, 2010

 The next winter storm taking aim at Missouri should have a little bit of everything.

Accumulating snow, sleet and rain are forecast for parts of the state from Saturday into early Monday.

The National Weather Service in St. Louis issued a special weather statement Friday afternoon for the Columbia area.

Rain, snow, freezing rain and sleet were all mentioned in the weekend forecast for Columbia. The mix of precipitation was forecast to become all snow late in the day on Sunday.

Jim Kramper of the Weather Service in St. Louis said temperatures around freezing will result in rain, snow and sleet for the Columbia area Saturday evening, changing to snow and sleet after 10 p.m. Saturday. Snow and sleet were expected Sunday morning, he said, followed by rain and snow.

"Hopefully, Sunday night it will just be snow," Kramper said, adding that it was too early to forecast snowfall amounts in the Columbia area.

There was still some uncertainty about how far north the rain and sleet will mix with snow, but on Friday afternoon forecasters were expecting snow to accumulate along and north of a line from Kansas City to Chicago.

A winter storm watch was posted for northwest Missouri, including Macon and Carrollton, where 3 to 6 inches of snow is possible.

The exact track of the storm system is still uncertain, and Kramper noted that slight deviations could change future forecasts.







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