COLUMBIA — Columbia residents who are nostalgic for winter will enjoy this weekend's weather.
Those hoping to relax in warmth and sunshine will be disappointed.
The Weather Service late Thursday afternoon issued a winter weather advisory for far western Missouri for slushy accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and increased the possibility for some sleet and snow early Friday morning in the Columbia area.
The updated forecast calls for rain in Columbia before 4 a.m. Friday followed by rain, possibly mixed with snow and sleet, with little or no accumulation. Sleet, possibly mixed with rain showers and snow, was forecast for Friday morning, becoming all rain after 10 a.m.
A cold front was edging across the state Thursday, bringing with it the chance for winter weather in western Missouri. National Weather Service forecasters in Kansas City were expecting snow Thursday night for areas near Interstate 35, including much of Kansas City, with accumulations up to several inches possible.
The Weather Service also cautioned that the additional rains could push the Missouri River to flood stage next week.
There should be no impact on road conditions in the Columbia area from flooding, Schmocker said.
He said the unseasonably cold weather will last until the end of the weekend.
"This type of weather typically occurs in late March or early April," Schmocker said.
Because of the cool weather, the first concert of the Stephens Lake Amphitheater Series, featuring The Norm Ruebling Band, was rescheduled from Thursday night until May 23.
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