A Columbia Public Works crew member plows snow (2021 file photo courtesy of Columbia Public Works' John Ogan)

Snow heading to mid-Missouri late tonight into Saturday

A Columbia Public Works crew member plows snow (2021 file photo courtesy of Columbia Public Works’ John Ogan)

Columbia, Jefferson City, Moberly and most of the 939 the Eagle listening area will be under a winter weather advisory, starting at midnight and going through 6 p.m. on Saturday.

National Weather Service (NWS) Pleasant Hill meteorologist Spencer Mell tells 939 the Eagle that Columbia and Jefferson City should receive two to four inches of snow. He says Columbia will start seeing snow at about midnight.

The heaviest snow will be in our far northern listening area, where areas like Macon could see up to eight inches of show. A winter storm warning has been issued for most of northeast Missouri, starting at 3 pm.

Moberly and Mexico could receive up to five inches, according to the latest NWS projections. The snow will move in from north to south. Keep your radio tuned to 939 the Eagle for updated forecast information.

Meantime, state transportation officials are urging you to avoid travel tonight and tomorrow, if possible. That’s because of accumulating snow that will impact most of Missouri.

The state Department of Transportation (MoDOT) says a wet, heavy snow will accumulate on roads … adding that the heavier the snow, the more difficult it is to clear. All available MoDOT crews will be out statewide tonight and tomorrow working 12-hour shifts, but there are staffing issues due to turnover and illness.

MoDOT crews in mid-Missouri met this morning, and they’ll start pre-treating roads with salt after 10 am.

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