Blowing snow expected to keep travel dicey

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 7:54 a.m. CST; updated 9:54 a.m. CST, Thursday, January 12, 2012

 A quick-moving storm system dropped enough snow early Thursday morning to close area schools and make for a slow morning commute.

Early snowfall reports from the National Weather Service ranged from 1 to 1.2 inches in the Columbia area to 1.8 inches just south of St. Louis.

At 7:45 a.m., Weather Service radar indicated the bulk of the snow had moved east of Boone County. Snow showers were forecast to continue before noon, with scattered snow showers in the afternoon.

A winter weather advisory remained in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday for hazardous driving conditions created by snow and blowing snow driven by northwest winds gusting 30 to 35 mph. The Weather Service forecast a high on Thursday of 22 with wind chill values in the single digits.

The Missouri Department of Transportation website has a map with information about road conditions statewide.

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John Beaumonte January 12, 2012 | 8:33 a.m.

Don't you just love the boat-SUV's that feel like they have to be right in your back seat? Slow down!!

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