COLUMBIA — Snow and strong winds were forecast for Columbia, and the National Weather Service posted a winter weather advisory from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Winds in excess of 30 mph with higher gusts will combine with snow and make travel difficult by Thursday afternoon with reduced visibility and dangerous road conditions, the advisory said.
In a Facebook post, the Columbia Department of Public Works reported that 22 trucks have been out since 5 a.m. Thursday and were treating roads with salt.
Snow began in Columbia shortly after 7:30 Thursday morning. The forecast called for occasional rain and snow before 1 p.m., snow between 1 and 3 p.m. and temperatures falling to around 26 degrees by 5 p.m.
Snowfall totals of 1 to 2 inches were expected in Columbia, with higher amounts to the north and west. Blizzard warnings were posted in the northwest corner of Missouri.
Roads in the Kansas City area and much of northern Missouri were reported snow-covered Thursday morning, and Interstate 29 from south of St. Joseph to the Iowa state line was closed.
The latest road conditions across Missouri can be found on the traveler information map at the Missouri Department of Transportation website.