March 23, 2013
As the final remnants of the most recent winter storm melted off this week, Pettis County will be put under a winter storm watch Saturday, with 5 to 9 inches of snow expected to accumulate through Sunday.
Pamela Murray, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Kansas City/Pleasant Hill, said: “The main trend looks like warmer temperatures through the afternoon (Saturday), with maybe some rain transitioning into snow once the temperatures cool down in the evening. The main event will be in the early evening and overnight, with the bulk of the snowfall into Sunday morning.”
Murray said depending on the exact track of the storm, accumulation totals in the Pettis County area could be higher or lower.
“There will be some stronger winds on back side of this overnight, which might cause some blowing snow and visibility issues for a few hours,” she added.
The Missouri Department of Transportation said in a news release that the anticipated snowfalls “will make driving nearly impossible at times,” so it is urging motorists to avoid travel if at all possible. MoDOT will plow around the clock to keep interstates and major highways passable. Crews anticipate working into Monday morning.
In the release, MoDOT District Engineer Dan Niec said: “This storm is now expected to be as challenging as the two in late February. Your safety is our first priority. Stay put; do not travel once this snowstorm begins until it has passed.”
Murray said the expectation is for heavy snow that could lead to power outages.
“This will be a very wet, springtime snow event, with snow sticking on trees, so we are expecting some power outages are likely,” she said, adding that some trees or branches weakened in the most recent storm are “more likely to come down with this one.”
The city of Sedalia will activate the emergency snow routes at 6 p.m. Saturday. According to a post on the city’s website (cityof
sedalia.com): “Parking is prohibited on the streets designated as emergency snow routes. People living on emergency snow routes are required to remove their vehicles from the street to assist street crews.”
Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid-30s through the weekend, slowly warming to the mid 40s by mid week.
“Temperatures will be below normal for much of the week, then warming up later in the week,” Murray said. “With the sun angle the way it is, the snow won’t stick around for too long.”