A winter storm is expected to bring large amounts of snowfall to the region beginning in less than 24 hours. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk to Senior Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill Evan Bookbinder:
According to forecasters, conditions are ripe for this to be a significant event. “We’ve got quite a bit of cold air in place which is something we have been lacking for much of this winter and even last winter when it came to storms impacting the area, ” said Bookbinder, “This storm is coming from the southwest up to the northeast. That is a pretty typical path for some of our biggest events. It’s a system that’s able to tap moisture from both the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, so we get a double hit as it moves through the area.”
Right now, the heaviest snowfall is expected late morning to early afternoon on Thursday. “The amounts will range from six to nine inches along the Missouri River, “said Bookbinder, “Those amounts could increase to a foot or more across northwest portions of the state. The only reason we have slightly smaller amounts south of the river is we may get a little bit of warm air that works in just off the ground that may change precipitation over to sleet for a portion of time. The impact will still be the same with difficult, if not impossible, travel across the region.”
With the storm quickly approaching, it’s important for residents to stock up on supplies and be prepared to stay at home potentially one or two days. “Quite frankly, we haven’t had a system of this magnitude impact our area for a couple of years, “said Bookbinder, “This type of event can certainly shut things down for awhile. Folks should be prepared to stay warm in case we do lose power.”
Several cancellations have already been issued. Stay tuned to 100.7 and KMZU.com for the latest announcements.