Spring snowstorm drops more than 7 inches on Columbia

The accumulation could set a daily record for March 24.
Sunday, March 24, 2013 | 4:59 p.m. CDT; updated 2:27 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 25, 2013
Between 5 and 7 inches of a heavy, wet snow fell across Boone County on Sunday, prompting closures and hampering travel.

COLUMBIA — Road crews plowed first- and second-priority streets in Columbia on Sunday and are working to clear residential neighborhoods before the Monday morning commute.

Columbia received 9.2 inches of total snow accumulation on Sunday, said Karl Sieczynski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in St. Louis. With some melting and settling, approximately 7 to 8 inches of snow are still on the ground, with a chance of less than 1 inch of snow still to come, he said.

That means there will still likely be snow on the roadways for the Monday morning commute. Public Works crews began plowing at 5 a.m. Sunday and will work until all roads have been plowed, Columbia Public Works spokesman Steven Sapp said. However, blowing and drifting snow may cause plowed roads to become covered again.

Sapp said commuters should be cautious Monday and be aware there will likely be slick spots caused by blowing snow and the refreeze of slushy snow on some roadways.

Blowing snow closed the Columbia Regional Airport's runway by noon Sunday. Flights on American Airlines were canceled, as well. Ticketed passengers should check or their airline for the status of Monday flights.

Unlike the late February snowstorm, few people in Boone County reported power outages Sunday. To keep tabs on the number of outages among customers served by Boone Electric Cooperative, check out the company's online outage map. To report an outage to Ameren, go online or call 800-552-7583. To report an outage to Boone Electric, call 449-4181.

According to a previous Missourian report, the day's snowfall likely broke a record for the most snowfall on March 24. The record was set in 1912. Columbia snowfall has only reached 8 inches in March once in the last 30 years, with the area receiving 8.8 inches on March 23 and 24, 1990.

Road conditions

Snow removal information for the city, including priority streets for snow removal, can be found on the Public Works website. A map of the priority streets in Columbia can be found here.

To get the latest on road conditions statewide, check the traveler information map on the Missouri Department of Transportation website.

Weather forecasts, advisories

The latest forecasts and other information on the storm can be found at the website of the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

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