Counties impacted by this system include: Benton-Morgan-Miller-Maries-Vernon-St. Clair-Hickory-Camden-Pulaski-Phelps-Barton-Cedar-Polk-Dallas-Laclede-Texas-Dent-Jasper-Dade-Greene-Webster-Wright-Newton-Lawrence-Christian-Douglas-Howell-Shannon-McDonald-Barry-Stone-Taney-Ozark-Oregon.
Friday, a wintry mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain will overspread the area starting during the morning hours. Temperatures will initially be at or below freezing, allowing the accumulation of snow and sleet during the morning hours. Up to an inch of snow and sleet...and a glaze of freezing rain will be possible before temperatures rise above freezing during the afternoon.
Fog, drizzle, and occasional freezing drizzle are then expected Friday night and Saturday. If freezing drizzle develops, an additional glaze of ice will be possible on elevated and exposed surfaces.
Confidence is now beginning to increase that a potentially significant winter storm will then impact the region from Saturday night into Sunday night. While exact precipitation type and amounts for a given location are difficult to determine at this distance, there are increasing indications that accumulations of sleet and freezing rain may be significant in nature.
Following this possible winter storm, bitterly cold temperatures will then impact the region during the early part of next week. Readings 20 to 30 degrees below average are expected with high temperatures in the teens and 20's and lows in the single digits.
(National Weather Service, Springfield)
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