UPDATE: Snow arrives, hampers morning travel

Thursday, February 21, 2013 | 7:10 a.m. CST; updated 7:51 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 21, 2013
Snow began falling around 8 a.m. Thursday in Columbia. Many area schools have been canceled for the day, and city buses planned to switch to an emergency schedule at 10 a.m.

COLUMBIA —Snow began falling around 8 a.m. Thursday, almost on cue according to weather forecasts. The possibility of thunderstorms that could produce snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour still remains.

Wes Browning of the National Weather Service in St. Louis said snow should begin in Columbia around 8 a.m.

"Between 8 and 9 o'clock, things are going to go from fine to just really bad," he said earlier in the morning.

At 6:40 a.m., the storm was generating thunder snow with cloud-to-ground and in-cloud lightning across a broad area from south of Kansas City toward Springfield.

"There's constant lightning in some places," Browning said. "You'll probably get some lightning and thunder. It's all coming our way."

The snow was forecast to mix with some sleet early Thursday afternoon, and Browning said that might hold down snowfall totals a bit. The weather service was calling for snowfall totals of 4 to 6 inches in Columbia.

A winter storm warning remained in effect until midnight Thursday.

In southern Missouri, the storm delivered ice. Springfield was reporting thunderstorms early Thursday morning with freezing rain, Browning said.

The latest road conditions statewide can be found at the Missouri Department of Transportation's traveler map.

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