The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch including the Sedalia area.

The potential exists for a significant winter storm to impact the area from early Friday morning, Jan. 13, 2017 through Monday, Jan. 17 at noon. The Sedalia area may receive freezing rain, sleet, or ice as a result of this storm as temperatures fall to below freezing.

While Sedalia appears to be on the edge of the Winter Storm Watch area, weather predictions for the storm are indicating the potential for between ½” and 1” inch of ice accumulation. Should the icing occur, we encourage residents to remain home and limit travel until Street Department crews have an opportunity to clear roadways and the electric utilities have opportunity to repair any downed power lines.

The City of Sedalia is activating effective Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 a.m. the EMERGENCY SNOW ROUTES on the basis of the weather forecast to allow the designated roadways to be easily cleared for emergency and other vehicles. A map detailing Snow Emergency Routes is available on the City’s website here.

According to City ordinance, the City's 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. 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 ice from curb to curb for the length of the entire block.

For questions about Emergency Snow Routes, please contact the Public Works Department at (660) 827-3000.

According to Dave Clippert, Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for a large swath of Missouri including Pettis. The Ice Storm Warning goes into effect at 9 a.m. Friday morning and will stay in effect until midnight Sunday.

"With this warning we can expect to see between ¼ inch to ¾ inch of ice. Hopefully we are on the lower side," he said. "Pettis could start to see light freezing drizzle around 9 AM tomorrow and then freezing rain will continue off and on until Sunday afternoon."

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