Columbia Public Works crews are warning motorists that temperatures are expected to drop below freezing by about 7 o’clock tonight (Wednesday). Public Works spokesman John Ogan tells 939 the Eagle that motorists should be careful.
“We would advise people to still keep it slow and only make trips if it’s absolutely necessary. There’s still a possibility of sliding off in wet conditions like this,” Ogan says.
Temperatures are still above freezing this afternoon. Columbia Police and Public Works advise you to increase your distance between cars today and tonight, and to clear your car windows of any snow and ice before driving.
“Columbia drivers, they’ve been doing very well during these winter weather events of late,” says Ogan.
Meantime, the National Weather Service’s (NWS) winter weather advisory for central Missouri has expired. NWS St. Louis meteorologist Kevin Dietsch tells 939 the Eagle that Columbia received 1.8 inches of snow from overnight through this morning. The NWS says rain lasted longer than anticipated overnight along the busy I-70 corridor in mid-Missouri. That significantly limited snow amounts in Columbia, Jefferson City and Fulton.
Boone County firefighters responded to five crashes and minor slide offs in the snow this morning. Boone County Fire Protection District assistant chief Gale Blomenkamp tells 939 the Eagle that one involved a vehicle that overturned this morning on northbound 63 near 763, north of Columbia. No serious injuries are reported.