A dangerous winter storm produced huge amounts of snow across most of Central Missouri today, with snowfall expected to continue until sometime Wednesday morning. Even after the snow stops falling, heavy winds will continue to cause hazards from blowing and drifting snow.
The terrible weather conditions will continue to make travel unadvisable, and numerous schools around the area have canceled classes for another day on Wednesday. See the "additional resources" links at the bottom of this weather report for more weather-related information, such as live radar, road reports and school closings.
Snowfall is forecast to total around 20 inches by Wednesday morning.
The National Weather Service issued the following statement about the winter storm:
MAJOR WINTER STORM CONTINUES OVER REGION...
VERY HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST MISSOURI AS WELL AS WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS BEFORE DIMINISHING AFTER MIDNIGHT.
WINDS GUSTS WILL BE NEAR 40 MPH AT TIMES CAUSING BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH VISIBILITIES NEAR ZERO AT TIMES.
...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST WEDNESDAY...
A BLIZZARD WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OR FREQUENT GUSTS OF OVER 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED FOR SEVERAL HOURS WITH CONSIDERABLE FALLING AND/OR BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. VISIBILITIES WILL BECOME POOR...WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. THOSE VENTURING OUTDOORS MAY BECOME LOST OR DISORIENTED...SO PERSONS IN THE WARNING AREA ARE ADVISED TO STAY INDOORS.
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