High winds, snow prompt winter advisory

Thursday, December 20, 2012 | 6:21 a.m. CST; updated 3:45 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 20, 2012

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.




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Mark Foecking December 20, 2012 | 8:24 a.m.

Slow down. Pay attention. Hang up and drive. Keep your distances.

Oh, and did I say "SLOW DOWN"???

Every year, we have a rash of accidents in our first ice/snow. As we prepare for a huge gun control debate, it's important to recognize that automobiles are also deadly weapons, and we tend to have problems with them because most people don't consider them such.


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Michael Williams December 20, 2012 | 9:44 a.m.

MarkF: You wrote that on your Iphone while balancing a cup of coffee, looking at your GPS, and driving through a red light on Stadium by the mall, didn't you?


PS: Today....I'm staying home. Mo-bettah other folks remember what it's like driving on snow/ice with me NOT out there. My truck just got out of the hospital after a deer hit it, and I have no desire for a repeat performance with a ton of steel/plastic driven by someone who thinks ice has good friction characteristics.

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