The National Weather Service has changed it’s thinking from a Winter Storm Watch mentioned on Wednesday to now upgrading to a Winter Weather Advisory for northwest and north-central Missouri. Jimmy Barham is with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.
The weather service criteria to issue a Winter Storm Warning includes a prediction of six inches of snow within 12 hours (or 8 inches within 24 hours), however, that is not the case as of now. Barham talks about the currently predicted amounts of snow, sleet, and freezing rain.
This wintry weather, with our colder temperatures, begins as snow, then warming up to eventually rain by Friday evening. Last week, it was the opposite as the system began with rain and transitioned to freezing rain, sleet, and snow.
Strong winds are forecast on Friday which will contribute to blowing of snow and reduced visibility.
Comments from Jimmy Barham of the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill.