Winter Storm "Rocky" second storm to smash Missouri in as many weeks

This was the scene in Kansas City, Mo. last Thursday on northbound I-29 after being hammered with 10 inches of snow.

While New Haven is on the line of getting all ran or some snow, areas around Columbia, Mo. are predicted to see anywhere from 7 to 12 inches of snow, the heaviest being west of Columbia.  The University of Missouri has already canceled classes for Tuesday.

Our affiliate Missouri News Horizon spoke with MoDot officials about the massive winter storm, naming it "Rocky".

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The snow from winter storm ‘Q’ was just starting to melt Monday afternoon, as officials began to ready for the next storm: winter storm Rocky.

The storm comes less than a week after ‘Q,’ and is expected to drop nearly a foot of snow on Kansas City and parts of mid-Missouri.

The storm prompted the Missouri Department of Transportation to release a “no-drive” warning for the north and northwest parts of the state, citing the need for snow plows and emergency vehicles to move freely.

“Due to the heavy snow and the strong winds, we ask that folks really limit their driving. We’re suggesting no driving except for in case of significant emergencies,’ said Beth Wright, state maintenance engineer for MODOT. “Primarily it’s for their safety because we believe that they’ll be experiencing blizzard conditions, white-out conditions, but also, it allows us with much lighter traffic be able to make much quicker progress.”

Wright said everything north and west of a line from Nevada to Hannibal could be in for blizzard conditions.

The storm prompted Kansas City Mayor Sly James to declare a state of emergency, and University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor Brady Deaton to order the university closed, again.

“Safety is our No. 1 priority,” Deaton said. “We are indebted to those who continue working during this time to keep our campus safe, serve our more than 7,000 residential students, and care for patients in our hospitals and clinics as well as animals in our research facilities.”