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Columbia Missourian

Rain to give way to sleet and snow, eventually accumulating 1 to 2 inches

By Heesu Lee
January 12, 2013 | 3:07 p.m. CST
A cab's headlights are reflected on Locust Street in downtown Columbia on Saturday. The rain is expected to turn into snow and sleet with accumulation of up to 2 inches.

COLUMBIA — Afternoon rain will turn into sleet and snow by 9 p.m. Saturday, eventually accumulating 1 to 2 inches, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service.

There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation by 4 p.m., according to the service.

Jayson Gosselin, meteorologist with the service in St. Louis, said rain in Columbia will quickly turn into a mix of sleet and freezing rain. He predicts snow around 9 p.m., with winds from 9 to 13 mph from the north. Wind gusts could be as high 29 mph.

Pat Guinan, climatologist at MU, said 2012 ranks among the 10 driest years on record, and could be the driest since 1980, according to a previous Missourian article. The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated Boone County, along with 62 others, as disaster areas because of prolonged drought

Gosselin said that although some precipitation will help, it will take several months to get out of severe drought.