Winter Weather Headed to Ozarks Thurs-Friday

By KOLR10 News , Missourinet

Published 12/03 2013 11:35AM

Updated 12/03 2013 11:49AM

A mix of wintry precipitation will impact the Missouri Ozarks and southeastern Kansas Thursday into Friday with the coldest air mass of the season moving into the area Friday night and continuing into the weekend.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain will be possible during the day Thursday before changing over to all snow on Thursday night and Friday.  Accumulating winter precipitation is expected.

Another chance for wintry precipitation will impact the region late Saturday night into Sunday.

Bitterly cold air will overspread the region late this week and weekend. Temperatures will drop into the single digits and lower teens each night from Friday through Sunday with wind chills
falling below zero at times. High temperatures will struggle to warm into the 20s from Friday into the weekend.

While precipitation type and exact amounts remain uncertain...Light to moderate accumulations of wintry precipitation are expected. 

Very cold temperatures can be expected this weekend with another chance of winter precipitation late Saturday night into Sunday.
Low temperatures Friday night will fall into the single digits with wind chill values near or slightly below zero. High temperatures will remain below freezing through the weekend.

Andy Boxell is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield. He says it looks like the worst of it is expected to be along the Interstate 44 corridor, with higher precipitation amounts to the South. But he says it's too early to tell exactly what kind of winter precipitation will fall where, and how much. Boxell says just a few degrees difference can change the entire outlook.

Boxell says conditions currently look like rain and freezing rain will dominate the southern portion of the state, with sleet south of Interstate 70 and snow blanketing the center of the state, stretching from Kansas City to St. Louis. However, the system stretches far beyond Missouri, from Oklahoma and Arkansas, through Missouri, and into Illinois and Ohio.

At this time, the highest snow accumulations are expected roughly 30 miles on either side and including the I-44 corridor...with the highest ice accumulation possibilities over south central Missouri.  Travel across the region could be impacted beginning Thursday morning through Friday.

Boxell says the wintery mix of precipitation will be followed by extremely cold temperatures this weekend, with single digit readings and below-zero wind chills.
Now is the time to take winter weather precautions if you haven't already … stocking up on salt, weather proofing your vehicle, and making sure your pets have indoor accommodations.

(information for this story contributed by National Weather Service, Springfield and Missourinet)

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