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Winter Storm Warning Issued for Pettis County, Emergency Snow Routes Activated

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The National Weather Service in Kansas City/Pleasant Hill has issued a Winter Storm Warning for moderate to heavy snow, which is in effect from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 9 a.m. Wednesday for portions of West Central and Central Missouri, including Pettis County. The winter weather advisory is no longer in effect, and the City of Sedalia has activated the Emergency Snow Routes on the basis of the weather forecast.

A winter storm with 6 to 10 inches of snow is expected to hit the area Tuesday. The storm will bring a broad swath of snow area-wide starting early Tuesday morning. The snow will intensify through the day on Tuesday before gradually lightening up by Tuesday night.

Winds will be out of the east northeast between 10 and 20 mph through most of the event with occasional gusts to between 20 and 25 mph.

The heavier snow could approach 1 inch per hour rates at times during the day time hours on Tuesday, and in combination with the winds could produce some white out conditions.

Roads will quickly become snow packed and visibility will be minimal, making driving conditions treacherous. Gusty winds may also result in the potential for blowing and drifting snow, making travel more treacherous.

The City of Sedalia has activated the Emergency Snow Routes on the basis of the weather forecast of snow effective Monday, February 3, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.

Per City ordinance, Emergency Snow Routes may be made effective on the basis of falling snow, sleet or freezing rain, or on the basis of a forecast of snow, sleet or freezing rain. Emergency Snow Routes may also be automatically activated when Sedalia receives snow and ice accumulations of 2 inches or more. During this activation, parking is prohibited on the streets designated as Emergency Snow Routes. The parking prohibition will be in effect until terminated by announcement or the street is substantially clear of snow and ice from curb to curb for the length of the entire block.

A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet or ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

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