Columbia Public Works crews plow snow in downtown Columbia on February 2, 2022 (photo courtesy of Columbia Public Works spokesman John Ogan)

Winter storm bringing heavy snow and dangerously low wind chills to central Missouri

Columbia Public Works crews plow snow in downtown Columbia on February 2, 2022 (photo courtesy of Columbia Public Works spokesman John Ogan)

The winter storm warning remains in effect for the entire 939 the Eagle listening area until noon today (Thursday).

National Weather Service (NWS) Kansas City meteorologist Jared Leighton tells 939 the Eagle that Columbia, Boonville and Sedalia will see dangerously cold wind chills.

“With the five, ten mile-an-hour wind maybe an occasional gustiness to that, we could see wind chills drop down to about five below, five to ten below across like I said Sedalia, Columbia, Boonville, that area,” Leighton says.

Leighton warns that tomorrow morning’s wind chills will also be below zero, in the Columbia/Jefferson City area. Temperatures will finally warm above freezing this weekend.

An additional two inches or snow is expected in Columbia and Jefferson City by noon today. Mr. Leighton is encouraging you to stay safe.

“If you can stay home, if you have that option. If you can work from home, if you don’t need to be heading out, we obviously would strongly urge that you do stay home,” says Leighton.

Leighton urges you to stay as safe as possible, if you do have to go out. He also reminds drivers to give slow plow drivers plenty of space.

The winter storm has also forced dozens of mid-Missouri school districts to cancel classes for today.

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