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Sleet, snow, subzero temperatures expected through Monday morning

Sleet, snow, subzero temperatures expected through Monday morning

March to enter with a roar

March 1st, 2014 in News

Here's the evening weather advisory for Mid-Missouri from the National Weather Service:

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM CST MONDAY...

  • TIMING... SOME LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL DEVELOP THIS EVENING... WITH THE PRECIPITATION INCREASING IN INTENSITY AND BECOMING A MIX OF SNOW AND SLEET LATE THIS EVENING. THIS MIX WILL THEN CHANGE OVER TO ALL SNOW EARLY SUNDAY... WITH SNOW THEN CONTINUING THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND INTO THE EVENING.
  • ACCUMULATIONS... SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 7 TO 10 INCHES... ALONG WITH A LIGHT GLAZING OF ICE.
  • WINDS... NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.
  • IMPACTS... SNOW... SLEET AND ICE ACCUMULATION WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT ACROSS CENTRAL AND EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI AS WELL AS SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS THAT A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF SNOW... SLEET AND/OR ICE IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE.

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Earlier report:

With weather forecasts predicting March will enter like a lion, Mid-Missourians may be hoping the month will go out as a lamb with mild, pleasant temperatures.

From tonight through Monday morning, forecasters say Central Missouri will get a variety of wintry precipitation.

"Saturday night after midnight is when the real meat of the storm will hit. But in the evening hours, we'll probably see a mixed bag with freezing rain and sleet, and then snow, which will go through the day Sunday and into Sunday night," said meteorologist Tom Spriggs with the National Weather Service in St. Louis. "There could be some minor ice accumulations Saturday night since temperatures will be cold, in the mid-20s in the evening, so it won't take much to get things slick."

Spriggs said the grand total for this storm could be 6-7 inches of snow.

"There's still room for the forecast to change, but it looks like Sunday night or early Monday morning when it will end," he said. "As the snow moves out, very cold temperatures will come in, the kind you don't see this time of year. We'll get down to 0 degrees or a few degrees below that with wind chills around -15."

Local road crews are hoping this is the last storm they'll have to deal with this winter.

"We've had 12 storms so far this winter, and that's the all-time record since I've been counting them for us," said Britt Smith, Jefferson City operations division director. "This includes smaller storms, and looking back there were only two storms that I would call relatively large, one that dumped 5 inches and another that dropped 6-7 inches."

"We've had a big enough break to get our trucks and other equipment checked out so they are in good shape," said Cole County Public Works Director Larry Benz. "Supply wise, we're still in good shape. We've got 1,000 tons of salt on hand."

"We've got 1,500 tons of salt now, and it takes about 400 tons for a typical storm," Smith said. "When you think about it, with 250 miles of road, it takes a lot of salt whether it's a big or small storm."

Benz and Smith said if we do get a lot of ice, that could really hurt supplies.

"Ice burns through a lot of salt because you have to go out multiple times, and that takes away a lot of your resources," Smith said.

"By the end of this coming week, our temperatures are looking to be well above freezing during the day, and the long-range forecast we have shows that trend continuing," Benz said. "I just know I'm ready for spring."