More snow possible in Columbia

National Weather Service forecasts dusting Friday, more snow Sunday and Monday
Thursday, February 3, 2011 | 11:16 a.m. CST; updated 11:27 a.m. CST, Friday, February 4, 2011

COLUMBIA – Columbia probably will see more snow on Friday and through the weekend, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, but it is unclear how much.

Ben Miller, forecast meteorologist with the National Weather Service in St. Louis, said Thursday morning that there was a possibility of a light dusting of snow Friday and Friday night. He expects no more than an inch of accumulation. But significant accumulation is possible Sunday and Monday, he said.

“It’s too early to tell where the more intense snow will be, but it won’t be as big as the last one,” Miller said. More than 17 inches of snow fell in mid-Missouri on Tuesday.

Tony Lupo, a professor of atmospheric science at MU, said the amount of snow Columbia gets will depend on the path the two snow systems take. Lupo said snow will predominate on the northern side of the systems, while rain will be more likely to the south.

"Both are coming from the Gulf of Mexico, but if they stay southeast of us we should get the best chance for snow," Lupo said.

Lupo predicted only a trace of snow Friday night into Saturday morning and 1 to 3 inches Sunday and Monday.

The weather service was forecasting more moderate temperatures for the weekend, with highs on Saturday and Sunday near 32 degrees.

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