Columbia Public Works crews plow snow downtown in 2021 (file photo courtesy of Columbia Public Works spokesman John Ogan)

UPDATE: 7.1 inches of snow in Columbia, as of noon

Columbia Public Works crews plow snow downtown in 2021 (file photo courtesy of Columbia Public Works spokesman John Ogan)

Snow is tapering off in mid-Missouri, before a second round begins tonight (Wednesday).

National Weather Service (NWS) St. Louis meteorologist Mark Fuchs tells 939 the Eagle that 7.1 inches of snow have fallen in Columbia since late last night. That’s as of noon. Another one to three inches of snow are expected to fall this evening into the overnight hours.

The winter storm warning for the entire 939 the Eagle listening area goes until 6 am.

Meantime, Boone County authorities say there’s been an uptick in the number of motorists who are on the road during the winter storm. That’s despite motorists being urged by Missouri’s governor to stay home.

Boone County Fire Protection District assistant chief Gale Blomenkamp says it’s critical for drivers to stay put. He spoke on 939 the Eagle’s “Gary Nolan show.” He also says tractor trailer drivers and other motorists were driving 60 miles per hour, in the ice and snow this morning.

The snowstorm has forced Columbia Public Schools (CPS) to cancel classes for Thursday. Southern Boone R-1 in Ashland has canceled classes for tomorrow and Friday.

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