Storm brings more than 3 inches of snow to Columbia

Monday, February 13, 2012 | 7:52 p.m. CST; updated 11:29 p.m. CST, Monday, February 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — The city saw an unprecedented 37.2 inches of snowfall in January and February 2011, according to climatology records from the National Weather Service — significantly higher than amounts recorded so far this year. Currently, total snowfall for 2012 is about 5.2 inches.

On Monday, most parts of Missouri saw the most significant snowfall so far this year — ranging from 2 to 6 inches.

Total snowfall in the area is expected to be about 3.6 inches by Tuesday morning, according to the weather service.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, the weather service extended the local winter weather advisory to remain in effect until midnight.

Snow will continue to fall into Monday evening and some freezing drizzle may mix with snow overnight. Conditions will remain cloudy with temperatures in the high 20s, but little additional accumulation is expected.

Sun and warmer temperatures are in the forecast for Tuesday with a high near 41.

Although Monday's snowfall was mild compared with big winter storms last year, slick and slushy road conditions caused a number of accidents. 

The Columbia Fire Department responded to seven car accidents before 11:30 a.m., including a vehicle partially submerged in a lake, according to KOMU. An Associated Press story from early Monday morning said one of the most serious accidents occurred in Columbia. The individual had to be extracted from their car.

According to the Springfield News-Leader, 3 to 6 inches were expected to fall in the Springfield area. Multiple cars slid off the road and three people were injured when a car nearly collided with a semi-truck head on

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that two people in the St. Louis metro area were killed in car crashes.

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