More ice, snow headed to Columbia, forecasters say

Sunday, February 1, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 5:05 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It looks like winter plans to keep its icy hold on mid-Missouri this week.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dale Bechtold said a Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Jefferson City and Columbia for Sunday night and Monday. Columbia could also get freezing rain and sleet with snow accumulation of less than two inches. The chance of precipitation is forecasted at 90 percent Sunday night.

“The exact track of the storm is still questionable at this time, but it will move on a more northerly track with a snowbound front shifting more northwesterly,” Bechtold said.

This area can also expect weather conditions to worsen mid-week. Snow is in the forecast for Wednesday night and Thursday.

“I would say its a fifty-fifty chance right now,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Vince Acquaviva.

Columbia residents are preparing for the weather, which has added to the traffic at grocery stores, according to Wal-Mart sales clerk Helen Walker.

“We’re busy — because of the weather forecasts, it’s the end of the month and because this is Super Bowl Sunday.”

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