National Weather Service increases expected snow amount in Columbia

Thursday, February 21, 2013 | 12:48 p.m. CST; updated 7:52 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 21, 2013
Cars were stuck and traffic backed up on Providence Road on Thursday morning.

COLUMBIA — A new forecast puts snowfall totals for the Columbia area at 7 to 10 inches.

The National Weather Service updated its snowfall forecast at midday Thursday from an earlier estimate of 4 to 6 inches.

“It’s going to kind of depend on if the precipitation becomes a mix of sleet, not as much, if it stays snow, it’ll be right around that 10-inch mark,” senior forecaster Scott Truett said.

Snow should begin tapering off in the Columbia area between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, he said.

At 12:20 p.m., the National Weather Service had fielded reports of 4 to 7 inches of snow across Columbia.

Heavy snow with an accumulation of 6 inches was reported at noon in northeast Columbia by a trained weather service spotter.

Other storm reports late Thursday morning from the weather service included 6 inches in Moberly at 11:52 a.m. with snowfall rates of 3 inches an hour; 4.7 inches at Boonville; and 7 inches at Kansas City International Airport.

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