Columbia prepares for snow, parts of northwest Missouri already closed

Columbia prepares for snow, parts of northwest Missouri already closed

Blizzard-like conditions expected for Mid-Missouri

COLUMBIA – As snow moves in, different mid-Missouri agencies are warning people about the storms impact.

The City of Columbia is asking residents not to park on priority routes. The city also discouraged travel. A 16 person plow crew was deployed.

The City of Sedalia declared a snow emergency. Parking is prohibited along emergency snow routes so emergency vehicles and snow plows can pass through.

Know Before You Go: Blizzard warning for KC and western Missouri

NOW: Columbia Water and Light outage map showing 1,424 customers without power. Most are on the citys west side. @KOMUnews

Monday Forecast: We will start the day with temperatures near 20° with wind chills in the single digits. Highs only warm to around 30° under sunny skies. Afternoon wind chills will only reach the 10s! Bundle up! #MidMoWx #MoWx @KOMUNews

Many roads in the northern part of the state are covered, please use caution.

An update on current weather conditions outside of @KOMUnews. The winds are gusting up to 40 MPH here in Columbia and snow is accumulating on our cars. Some of the buttons on our keypad to get into the newsroom are frozen stuck!

Passing the Warrensburg exit toward Columbia on I-70 from St. Louis. Stronger winds and snow on the road. @KOMUnews

Snow is lighter than it was a couple of hours ago, but winds are still gusting to 40+MPH. Visibility is still reduced and many roads in mid-Missouri are snow covered. Watch KOMU 8 News @ 9PM on @MidMissouriCW for the latest information. #MidMoWx #MoWx @KOMUnews

Another update on road conditions, this time from Grindstone Parkway in Columbia. The best advice, stay off the road. @KOMUnews

Snapshot of the calls we’re responding to #RightNow & proof that it’s a bad idea to drive tonight. #MidMOwx #MOwx

ALERT Update 11/25/18 at 7:30 p.m. Interstate 29 from north St. Joseph to the Iowa state line is now open! While the roadway is open, it is still snow packed. If you must travel please go slow, use caution and stay behind the plow – dont pass.

Traffic Alert: WB 70 is closed near Route 13 at Higginsville due to a crash.

Use precaution if your are driving through Old Hwy 63 S in Columbia. @KOMUnews

A little update with weather conditions outside of @KOMUnews. It is windy, snowy, and cold! Stay home and do not drive if at all possible!

It’s blowing hard outside @KOMUnews station building! Stay safe and warm inside and watch tonight at 9/10 for @KentonGewecke’s latest forecast. #mowx #blizzard2018 #BlizzardWarning

Between the snow and wind, driving conditions are bad. Here’s a look near I-70. Stay off the roads if you can! @KOMUnews

I-70 from Kansas City to US-65 (Marshall Junction) is impassable, especially westbound. Numerous crashes, stranded motorists and traffic is stopped. Please avoid traveling! #KCTraffic #MoWx

Conditions on #I70 at the Saline/Cooper Co. line (pic Trooper N. Wallace). #MOwx

From @Modot: ” Travel is not advised on I-70 west of Columbia. If possible, pull off and seek shelter.”Visibility is reduced to less than a mile for many locations. @KOMUnews #MoWx #MidMoWx

WARNING: Travel is not advised on I-70 west of Columbia. If possible, pull off and seek shelter.

SUNDAY: We're off to a quiet, slightly warmer start this morning. But things will quickly change throughout the day. A rapidly intensifying storm system is still on track to impact Mid-Missouri today. We'll start out as all rain shortly before midday but as strong winds usher in colder air, we will change that rain over to mostly snow by the afternoon. In addition to helping us changeover to snow, these winds will create whiteout conditions, reducing visibility to a dangerously low distance. Macon and Chariton counties are currently the only two under a Blizzard Warning in Mid-Missouri, but anyone along and northwest of HWY 50 will see blizzard-like conditions this afternoon and evening. This is a situation where roads will become dangerous quickly so avoid travel if at all possible in these location.

TONIGHT: Snow will taper off from west to east into the early morning hours. Winds will relax tonight but you still need to bundle up and cover those exposed areas with wind chills dropping to near 10.

EXTENDED: Cold air sets up shop in Mid-Missouri to start out the work week as daytime highs struggle to get back to freezing Monday and Tuesday. Bundle up if you have any plans at night as lows reach the upper teens to low 20s both nights. Wednesday we get closer to 40 as another disturbance moves in Thursday, bringing the next shot at rain. Watch ABC 17 News for the latest forecast and check back here for updates.

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