FINAL UPDATE: Winter weather will kick off Halloween

2 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Wednesday, October 30 2019 Oct 30, 2019 Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:44:00 PM CDT October 30, 2019 in Weather
By: Kenton Gewecke, KOMU 8 Chief Meteorologist
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Halloween 2019 broke records in Columbia, read the full recap here.

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COLUMBIA - The first winter weather of the new cold season has arrived in Missouri. While you can always read and watch the latest forecast updates from the KOMU 8 First Alert Weather Team at komu.com/weather, here is a further breakdown of what to expect.

STORM MODE

The KOMU Live Doppler 8 First Alert Weather Team is in Storm Mode 1 on their 0 to 5 Winter Storm Mode Index because nuisance weather is possible and you should take note, without need to worry.

A FINAL OVERNIGHT WINTER WEATHER PUSH TO START HALLOWEEN

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Moisture holds on, providing drizzle, showers, freezing rain, sleet and snow. The freezing line is expected to be a diagonal line from southwest to northeast, and will push west through the night. As temperatures cool below freezing we expect rain to change to sleet and then snow. Moisture will start to become limited as the night wears on, but most areas in mid-Missouri have the chance to at least see snowflakes. Remember that most accumulation will be on grassy and elevated surfaces. A dusting is possible on the grass and leaves by Thursday morning. Have the scraper handy and use caution on bridges.

THURSDAY MORNING: With a dusting possible on grassy surfaces and elevated surfaces, snow should move east by sunrise and leave plenty of sunshine for Halloween and clear skies for evening trick-or-treating. It will be a breezy day with gusts around 25-30 mph and wind chills in the 20s, possibly dropping into the 10s in the evening and overnight. Bundle up!

ROAD CONDITIONS

Soil temperatures remain anywhere from the middle 30s near Macon to the middle 40s in Columbia. Therefore, most roads should be just fine for most. However, folks especially along and north of HWY 24 should use caution as the soil may not be warm enough to keep roads ice-free. Elsewhere, roads will become wet and perhaps slushy at times. However, bridges and overpasses don't have the support of warm soil and therefore may become slick. Please use caution on these elevated surfaces.

Also, have the ice scraper ready for your vehicle windows because as temperatures go below freezing, falling precipitation will likely stick to your vehicle.

And, as always, use your best judgement and common sense when driving in any type of winter weather. 

It is a good idea to watch for potential black ice on sidewalks Thursday morning. With temps in the middle to upper 20s, a thin layer may form, enough to slip on.

IT IS GOING TO BE COLD(!)

On Halloween, temperatures likely won't get warmer than the 30s. It will also be breezy with gusts around 30 mph. This will lead to wind chills in the 20s throughout the day. Then, Halloween night, temps will cool into the 20s and wind chills may drop into the 10s. Plan not only for a cold Thursday, but also a very cold Friday morning. Friday afternoon should warm into the lower 50s. Check our full forecast by clicking on our weather tab or going to the KOMU WX App.

WILL THIS PATTERN CONTINUE?

While below-average temperatures are expected to continue into the middle of November, moisture looks more limited. So, after a cloudy, wet and cold week, get ready for a sunny yet chilly weekend to kick off Thanksgiving month. You can see the full 10-day forecast from the KOMU 8 First Alert Weather Team 24/7 on the free KOMU Weather & Traffic App for Apple and Android devices. 

ANOTHER REMINDER

Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 3 at 2am, when clocks will "fall back" an hour and we'll have a second 1 AM hour. Enjoy the extra hour!

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