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Winter storm expected to impact region this weekend

Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 5:11 p.m. CST; updated 6:56 a.m. CST, Friday, February 28, 2014

COLUMBIA — Although amounts and types of wintry precipitation remain uncertain, the National Weather Service expects a major storm to affect mid-Missouri this weekend.

Senior forecaster Scott Truett of the National Weather Service in St. Louis said Thursday afternoon that it was too early to predict specifics on the storm. His office issued a special weather statement Thursday for a storm that "has all the necessary ingredients to be a major winter weather maker."

Truett said the storm forecast from Saturday evening to Monday morning could produce freezing rain, sleet or snow. The heaviest precipitation was expected to fall late Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Snow accumulations of 6 or more inches will be possible in northern parts of the forecast area covered by the St. Louis office along with significant accumulations of freezing rain, sleet and snow to the south.

Winter storm watches were posted Thursday afternoon for most of the eastern half of Kansas as well as southwest Missouri.

A separate storm system was expected to affect Columbia on Friday night and bring up to a half-inch of snow, Truett said.


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