UPDATE: 4 inches of snow expected overnight; I-70 partly covered

Friday, December 13, 2013 | 10:15 p.m. CST; updated 4:45 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 14, 2013
MU journalism faculty members try to keep dry as they walk from Neff Hall to Jesse Hall on Friday for the December commencement ceremony. Afternoon rains were expected to turn into snow Friday evening. Despite the weather, MU said commencements set for Friday and Saturday would remain on schedule.

*This story has been updated with information about Columbia Public Works road work.

COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Works was working to clear roads late Friday after rain turned to snow around 8 p.m. The National Weather Service called for as much as 4 inches to accumulate overnight.

Public Works said 22 trucks were plowing and treating first- and second-priority routes and asked that residents remove vehicles from those routes overnight. Residential streets will be cleared after first- and second-priority routes are completed if there is at least 4 inches of snow on the ground, the department said in a news release Friday night.

"Tomorrow it should be OK," Jon Carney, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said Friday afternoon. "Tonight it will get a little messy."

Despite the weather, MU announced in a news release that winter commencements set for Friday and Saturday would remain on schedule.

Campus facility crews will be treating areas of campus as needed, according to the release, but there is still a possibility of slick roads and sidewalks.

Travel from eastern Missouri and parts of Illinois could be affected by morning snow, Carney said. Interstates and main roads should be fine, though, he said.

Lisa Kellison,a Missouri Department of Transportation customer services representative, said that I-70 was in good shape Friday afternoon but that drivers should still be on the alert. By Friday night, I-70 in central Missouri was partly covered, according to the Traveler Information Map on MoDOT's website.

"We are expecting more snow tonight, so you still need to be careful," Kellison said.

Carney said temperatures would stay cold for the weekend but would warm up next week with temperatures reaching 50 degrees on Thursday. However, he said another snowstorm is on the horizon at the end of the coming week, with temperatures dropping this time next week.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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