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Resources for Winter Storms

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – School closings, road conditions, radar, safety tips and much more - to help you deal with the winter storm.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –  Winter in the Ozarks can hold devastating potential and change drastically within hours.  A heavy accumulation of ice can down telephone poles, power lines, trees and more. 

Before you travel, make sure your car has been winterized and you have an ice scraper, tire chains, flashlight, battery booster cables, blankets, and a bag of sand placed in your trunk.
Driving conditions can change rapidly as temperatures drop, so be aware of rain changing to ice or sleet.

If you become stranded or see another vehicle stranded on the side of the road with passengers, please call the Missouri State Highway Patrol emergency number at 1-800-525-5555 or dial *55 on a cellular phone. These numbers will contact the nearest troop headquarters.


Use the Missouri Roadway Conditions Report (800-222-6400) before you leave to plan your route of travel.

Get Road Conditions Online:
Missouri:   MoDOT interactive map  http://traveler.modot.org/map/
Arkansas:  Current conditions map   http://www.arkansashighways.com/Road/mapopt.htm
Check for accidents and see traffic cameras inside the City of Springfield  http://www.ozarkstraffic.info/




Weather and your Kids


Current Weather Alerts:   http://www.ozarksfirst.com/weather-alerts

Latest Forecast   http://www.ozarksfirst.com/weather

Latest winter weather information from the KOLR10 Weather Lab   http://www.ozarksfirst.com/winterweatherinfo

Airport Delays and Cancellations   http://www.sgf-branson-airport.com/arrivals.htm

Event Cancellations   - see the list here



National Weather Service Winter Safety Tips
   http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/index.shtml

To avoid the dangers of winter storms:

        
  • Avoid Overexertion
  • Wear layers of loose fitting, warm clothing
  • Have a winter storm survival kit in your home and vehicles, and be sure to receive the latest weather information from the NWS

  • Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning. Never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage, or camper—or even outside near an open window.


    Winter Travel Safety Tips

    Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season.

    Place a winter emergency kit in each car that includes:

    A shovel, windshield scraper and small broom, flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, water, snack food,matches, extra hats, socks and mittens, first aid kit with pocket knife, necessary medications, blanket(s), tow chain or rope, road salt and sand, booster cables, emergency flares, fluorescent distress flag.

    Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive, consider the following:

    • Travel during the day, don’t travel alone, and keep others informed of your schedule.
    • Stay on main roads; avoid back road shortcuts.

    MODOT Transportation Safety Tips


Winter Preparations
  • Creating a family emergency plan and an emergency kit with bottled water and food that can be prepared without cooking in case of a power outage. Kits should include bottled water, canned and dry foods, battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, manual can opener and a first-aid kit. 
  • Creating a family emergency plan and an emergency kit with bottled water and food that can be prepared without cooking in case of a power outage. Kits should include bottled water, canned and dry foods, battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, manual can opener and a first-aid kit. 
  • Creating a winter car kit. This includes a blanket, spare radio with batteries, snacks or energy-type food, jumper cables, flares, shovel and sand or shingles to give tires traction.
  • Exercising caution when shoveling snow or pushing a car out of snow banks and avoiding unnecessary travel when driving conditions are poor.
  • Making sure cell phones are charged before driving in foul winter weather and ensuring that important emergency numbers, such as *55 for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, are saved for fast dialing in case of emergencies on state highways. 

Check out these resources for more information on preparing disaster preparedness kits:


Winter storms are considered deceptive killers, according to the National Weather Service, due to most deaths being indirectly related to the storm, like fatalities in traffic accidents and hypothermia.

Winter Safety & Preparation

Winter Safety YouTube Videos

Winter Safety PDFs [for download & print]

More safety information can be found at the following links:

NWS Winter Safety CDC  | FEMA    | Missouri State Emergency Management 

Winter Alerts

Check out our Winter Weather Briefing Page for winter weather outlooks and forecasts. 

To advise you of hazardous winter weather, your National Weather Service will issue the following products:

Winter Storm Watch: Severe winter weather including heavy snow, ice storm, blizzard, dangerous wind chills, or a combination of these items. Issued 12 to 48 hours in advance.

WARNINGS

Winter Storm Warning: Significant and possibly life-threatening severe winter weather will occur, or is about to begin. Issued within 12 to 18 hours of winter weather conditions that include: 

  • A combination of significant snow > 3") and ice accumulations (> 1/8") that create dangerous and life threatening conditions.
  • Heavy snow accumulation of 6" or greater causing dangerous and potentially damaging situations such as treacherous travel conditions.

Ice Storm Warning: Heavy ice accumulation, generally greater than 1/4 of an inch thick, causing dangerous and damaging situations, such as downed utility lines and icy roads.

Blizzard Warning: Wind at least 35 mph with falling or blowing snow reducing visibility to under ¼ mile for at least three hours.

High Wind Warning: Wind gusts 58 mph and higher or sustained winds at 40 mph and higher, for at least an hour.

Wind Chill Warning: Wind Chill values colder than 25 below zero.

 
ADVISORIES

Winter Weather Advisory: Any combination of winter events that cause significant inconvenience, but probably not life-threatening when caution is exercised. This includes:

  • A combination of 1 to 5 inches of snow, light sleet or freezing drizzle, some blowing and/or drifting snow etc.
  • New snowfall of 2 to 5 inches is expected.

Wind Chill Advisory: Wind chills of 15 below to 25 below zero.

Freezing Rain Advisory: Light ice coating on roads and highways, but no damage is expected to trees/power lines.

Wind Advisory: Sustained winds between 31 and 40 mph. 

Dense Fog Advisory: Widespread fog with visibility under ¼ mile.

 

OUTLOOKS


Hazardous Weather Outlook daily at 6 AM & 1 PM to highlight the potential of hazardous weather including winter storms, severe storms and flooding.

 See the graphical hazardous weather outlook. 




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