Snow expected Tuesday night in Columbia

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | 3:26 p.m. CDT; updated 11:01 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 23, 2013

COLUMBIA — While recent April showers signal the beginning of spring for some, Columbia might not have seen the last of winter this year.

The Weather Channel reported snowfall in northwest Missouri on Tuesday morning with 2 inches expected in St. Joseph. The long, thin, snow-producing weather system moving across Colorado, Kansas and northern Missouri could cause snow in Columbia Tuesday night. 

Rain will continue to fall throughout the evening with a 30 percent chance of snow expected to start after midnight, according to The Weather Channel.

The National Weather Service lists the average April snowfall as 0.2 inches.

The cold front caused temperatures to drop into the 30s Tuesday afternoon and evening. Storms were expected to clear up by Wednesday morning with temperatures reaching back into the 50s by Wednesday afternoon.

Precipitation levels in April are expected to meet or exceed April 2012 levels. As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sanborn Field and Capen Park weather facilities averaged a recorded precipitation accumulation of 6.25 inches so far this month. With more rain predicted to fall Tuesday and the rest of the week, this number is expected to increase.

Last year, April rainfall left Columbia with 6.5 inches of rain by the end of the month, according to the National Weather Service.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.

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