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Approaching storm expected to bring accumulating ice and snow

Saturday, January 29, 2011 | 4:52 p.m. CST; updated 5:46 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 29, 2011

COLUMBIA — Forecasters continue to warn about the likelihood of accumulating ice and snow Monday through Wednesday.

Uncertainty remains Saturday afternoon, however, about the exact track and strength of the approaching storm that will determine whether the system brings freezing rain, sleet or snow — and how much of each.

Here are highlights from a special weather statement issued at 2:57 p.m. Saturday by the National Weather Service in St. Louis:

  • Light freezing drizzle is forecast to develop over central Missouri on Sunday night well ahead of the main storm with a wintry mix spreading across much of the area Monday and Monday night.
  • Some light accumulation of snow is expected along and north of Interstate 70 along with some light ice accumulation along and south of I-70.
  • Precipitation is expected to become steady and heavy at times on Tuesday.
  • The heaviest precipitation appears likely to occur on Tuesday and Tuesday night and will result in "rapid accumulation of heavy snow and ice."
  • Precipitation was expected to change to all snow Tuesday night with flurries on Wednesday.

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