Winter storm moves through Missouri; Columbia Public Schools closed Monday

Sunday, March 2, 2014 | 5:14 p.m. CST; updated 7:34 p.m. CST, Sunday, March 2, 2014

COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Schools will be closed Monday due to weather conditions, spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark announced Sunday evening. But MU will be open Monday for class and regular operations.

While the snow accumulation initially predicted for mid-Missouri will not materialize Sunday, the area can still expect occasional snowfall of 1 to 3 inches by Sunday night.

Scott Truett, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said a band of snow formed in northern Missouri Saturday, but it did not continue into Sunday like they had initially expected. He said there was still a lot of the storm heading toward mid-Missouri.

"The storm is still coming," he said Sunday morning. "There is still a lot of the storm out to the west."

After the possibility of snow diminishes by midnight, wind chills will dip well below zero. Truett said Columbia can expect to experience wind chills approaching 20 below throughout the night and into the morning.

A winter storm packing high winds, ice and heavy snow threatened to create hazardous driving conditions across Missouri, accompanied by wind chills approaching 25 below zero in some areas.

The National Weather Service predicted the heaviest snowfall in Missouri's midsection, including Kansas City, where 5 to 8 inches was expected on top of up to an inch of sleet. Locally heavier snowfall was likely in some areas.

Mid-Missouri was forecast to see a mix of freezing rain and sleet Saturday evening. Columbia roads were covered with a glaze of ice and sleet early Sunday morning, according to a Public Works road update posted on Facebook. According to the public works department, temperatures below 10 degrees are making it difficult to treat roads effectively.

By midday Sunday, the area should be seeing a steady snowfall, according to previous Missourian reporting. The weather service canceled its winter storm warning on Sunday morning and issued a winter weather advisory for snow.

ROAD CONDITIONS | More information about the public works efforts to remove snow and sleet can be found online.

The Missouri Department of Transportation's road condition map shows that most state routes and interstates are covered.

CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSINGS: Many churches canceled Sunday morning services. Click here to see more about event cancellations.

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