Storm could bring 3 to 7 inches of snow to Columbia, forecasters say

Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 5:52 p.m. CDT; updated 8:39 p.m. CDT, Thursday, March 21, 2013

COLUMBIA — Spring continues to be pushed further and further back for Columbia.

A potent storm was taking aim at Missouri that could deliver 3 to 7 inches of snow — or more.

Ben Miller, forecaster for National Weather Service in St. Louis, said rain was expected to begin late Saturday afternoon or early evening, become all snow Saturday night and continue into Sunday morning.

As of late Thursday, Miller said forecasters expected at least 3 to 7 inches of snow in the Columbia area, with roads becoming covered. Wind shouldn't be an issue, he said.

"We're still staring down the barrel of a potential winter storm Saturday night into Sunday," Jon Carney of the Weather Service in St. Louis wrote in a forecast discussion posted Thursday afternoon that included a mention of thundersnow.

"Not quite ready to put thundersnow in the forecast," Carney wrote, "but the pucker factor is certainly rising with this storm."

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