Freezing rain and snow are in the forecast for today, though Pettis County may miss the worst of the storm.
According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm watch is in effect for much of the area from this afternoon through Saturday morning. Residents should expect light freezing rain beginning around 8 a.m., followed by rain as the temperature warms. Between 3 and 6 p.m. snow is likely, with Pettis County expected to receive an inch or two, said Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert.
“Winter weather changes rapidly, a few degrees can mean the difference between rain and freezing rain or snow,” he said. “Right now the storm line is Kansas City to Kirksville, with towns in a 50 mile radius north or south expected to get some sort of winter weather event. We are looking at 1 to 2 inches of snow early evening (today) but I’m hoping the freezing rain and ice will miss us completely.”
NWS reports some areas in the weather band may see up to a tenth of an inch of ice tomorrow and Clippert reminded residents to give themselves plenty of driving time and to slow down and use more caution.
According to Clippert, snow may continue to fall this evening and could continue into Saturday morning.
“We’re of course going to keep watching the forecasts but right now it looks like it will be a relatively mild winter event,” he said.
Other officials keeping an eye on the forecast include Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Angie Thompson, who made the decision last week to postpone the annual downtown Christmas parade because of frigid temperatures.
“This Saturday is still looking good, I think we’re going to be able to avoid the ice and only have an inch or two of snow, so the parade — as of right now — is scheduled to go on,” Thompson said. “We’ll look at the weather patterns again today and then make a final decision by 6 a.m. Saturday.”