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Columbia expected to dodge winter storm

Feb 9, 2011 1:13:00 AM - thestate.com
Light rain, then light snow, followed by more light rain. That’s not a recipe for icy roads.

The forecasts for tonight and Thursday morning are more iffy than normal, but the most likely scenario is that the Columbia area will dodge winter-weather problems. The National Weather Service uses the phrase “little or no snow accumulation” in every local forecast in the Midlands.

The low pressure system moving up from the Gulf of Mexico tonight isn’t expected to pack a lot of moisture, and temperatures when it first moves into the area hint at a rainy start before a few hours of light snow falls early Thursday, according to the weather service.

Snow is more likely north of I-20. Some areas in northern Midlands counties could get up to an inch of snow. But the ground should be warm from highs nearing 50 today, and more light rain after the sun comes up Thursday should wash away much of any snow that briefly sticks.