A Columbia Public Works employee plows snow downtown on March 11, 2022 (photo courtesy of John Ogan at Columbia Public Works)

Snow causes major traffic problems across mid-Missouri, especially Columbia

A Columbia Public Works employee plows snow downtown on March 11, 2022 (photo courtesy of John Ogan at Columbia Public Works)

The snow has caused numerous crashes across Columbia and Boone County. Boone County Joint Communications tells 939 the Eagle that a tractor trailer has overturned on snow-impacted westbound I-70 at the 128 mile marker near Rangeline.

Westbound I-70 had numerous issues in the Columbia area overnight, and was closed due to two jackknifed tractor trailers and several crashes.

Meantime, a powdery snow has been falling all night across mid-Missouri, but will begin tampering off this (Friday) morning. National Weather Service (NWS) St. Louis meteorologist Jared Maples tells 939 the Eagle that anywhere from one to four inches of snow have fallen in the Columbia area, but there are also reports of five inches in Columbia. There are about five inches of snow here at Zimmer radio, which is located at Highway 63 and Grindstone in Columbia.

The NWS’ winter weather advisory for Columbia expired at 6 am, and Jefferson City’s winter weather advisory expires at 9 am. NWS St. Louis meteorologist Marshall Pfahler says you should expect a difficult morning commute.

“Our advice would be to plan for extra time, so you can take it slow and give yourself extra time if there are traffic delays, you getting to work or whatever destination you need to get to,” Pfahler says.

Pfahler expects road conditions to improve with morning sunshine.

“The sun angle is pretty high in March or getting higher than it is typically during the winter. So that will help the roadways warm up some through the morning, especially into midday,” he says.

Pfahler tells 939 the Eagle that mid-Missourians should give themselves extra time on the road this morning, and to be prepared for delays.

Temperatures will continue to drop across the region, with lows in the single digits tomorrow. But temperatures will rebound quickly, with highs in the 50s on Sunday.

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