Winter Storm Watch This Weekend for Ozarks

By National Weather Service

Published 02/28 2014 05:09AM

Updated 02/28 2014 05:16AM

KOLR10 Weather Lab
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A major storm in the west will bring snow and ice to the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks Saturday night into Sunday. A smaller disturbance today (Friday) will bring some minor winter precipitation - the big event begins Saturday night.

Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Saturday evening through late Sunday night for these counties in Missouri:
Missouri:  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 and Oregon.
For Northern Arkansas, this Winter Storm Watch is also in effect from Sunday afternoon through late Sunday night for these counties:
Baxter-Boone-Cleburne-Fulton-Independence-Izard-Johnson-Marion-Newton-Pope-Searcy-Sharp-Stone and Van Buren

A strong storm system will bring wintry weather to the region from Saturday evening into Sunday night. Accumulations of sleet and freezing rain may be significant with snow accumulations on top of the ice. The entire area is expected to see a mix of freezing rain...sleet...and snow at some point.  At this time...the highest ice accumulations are expected across far southern Missouri, generally south of U.S. 60...with the highest snow accumulations along and north of Highway 54. The highest sleet accumulations will occur generally along and just north of the I-44 corridor.

Uncertainty remains on the exact track of this system and the corresponding precipitation type and accumulations.

Bitterly cold temperatures will impact the region early next week. Temperatures will be 20 to 30 degrees below normal with highs in the teens and 20s...And lows in the single digits. Wind chills around 10 below will be possible both Sunday and Monday nights.

This storm will also effect the northern one third of Arkansas Sunday afternoon to Monday morning and bring significant winter precipitation to the area. The storm system will bring a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to the region. The greatest potential will be significant icing which will cause hazardous conditions. Also very cold air will filter in behind this system and temperatures will again drop 10 to 20 degrees below normal values.

(National Weather Service, Springfield)

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