Forecasters Predict Significant Snow Event

| February 21, 2013
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Missourians are bracing for snow and freezing rain.  A huge, major winter storm is sweeping across the region.  It’s expected to dump up to a foot of snow is some areas.  Click to hear KMZU’s Janet Adkison talk with National Weather Service Meteorologist Jenni Laflin:

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Once the snow begins, travel conditions will quickly deteriorate.  “The heaviest snowfall rates will begin about 30 minutes after the  initial snow starts, “said Laflin, “Visibility could be less than a mile while the heaviest snow is falling.  We’ve also had reports of thunder and lightning in Butler, so  it’s possible our southern areas may get thunder and lightning with their snow as well.”

Significant accumulation is anticipated across the state with ice and sleet to our south.  “It looks like the highest amounts will be in Kansas City and locations just to the north and west, ” said Laflin, “Totals in that area will be nine to twelve inches.  Then we drop off as we go to the south and east.  Carrollton should expect nine inches.  The Columbia area should be closer to five inches.”

According to meteorologist Evan Bookbinder the snow could linger for quite some time.  “Looking ahead, we will begin to clear out from southwest to northeast late in the day Friday once the sun sets, “said Bookbinder, “I want to stress that it will be windy and the wind chills will be fairly brutal once the front moves through.”



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