First big snow forecast for area

Tuesday, December 9, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:23 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The first significant snow of the season is taking aim at Missouri, but forecasters expect the heaviest accumulations north and west of the Columbia area.

Scott Truett of the National Weather Service in St. Louis said that rain, heavy at times, is forecast today in the Columbia area with a quick change over to snow expected after midnight. The snow should end early Wednesday in Columbia, he said.

While accumulations of snow in the Columbia area should only be 1 to 2 inches, up to 6 inches are expected in northwest Missouri. Snow totals of 2 to 4 inches are forecast in Moberly, Warrensburg and southern parts of Kansas City.

“Columbia will be on the southernmost fringe of this snow band,” Truett said.

Truett said travel in the Columbia area should not be significantly hindered but could be hazardous in northwest and north-central Missouri, where winds as high as 35 mph are forecast.

—Amanda Burke

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