Columbia's first snow predicted for Monday

Saturday, December 3, 2011 | 3:22 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The first snow of the season might sprinkle Columbia on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

“The biggest areas of snow accumulation will be east and south of the city of Columbia itself,” Butch Dye, a hydrometeorological technician with the National Weather Service in St. Louis, said. “We’re looking at snowfall sometime between Sunday night and Monday.”

With anticipated rainfall on Sunday, late evening temperatures might drop to freezing temperatures, causing snowfall, Dye said. A cold front will bring in the lower temperatures from the east to the west.

“Columbia’s looking at 1 to 2 inches, so not too much,” Dye said.

Zim Schwartze, the city’s director of emergency management, advised in a news release that people prepare for the wintry weather.

She said drivers should watch out on the roads, especially after dark. The release suggested people should make sure they have food, water, snow removal materials, candles and flashlights.

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