Saturday, February 1 Winter Weather Update

Published 02/01 2014 12:21PM

Updated 02/01 2014 06:47PM

Get ready for several rounds of wintry weather.  Drizzle, freezing drizzle, sleet, and snow are all possible this week.

Winter weather advisories have been extended through midnight tonight for the following counties: Benton, Morgan, Miller, Maries, St. Claire, Hickory, Camden, Pulaski, Phelps, Cedar, Polk, Dallas, Laclede, Greene, Webster, Texas, Dent, Wright, Christian, and Douglas.  Additional wintry precipitation is possible through the evening.  

Snow is falling in central Missouri near Highway 54.  Counties like Vernon, Barton, St. Claire, Cedar, Benton, Morgan can expect to see snow totals near one inch tonight, with isolated spots seeing higher totals. This snow comes to an end a little before midnight tonight.  

Pockets of freezing rain have been mixed in near the I-44 corridor and points north today.  We continue to see rain in our southeastern viewing area (south central Missouri and north central Arkansas). This rain will linger a bit longer, until around midnight tonight before coming to an end. 

Several roads could be slick, and driving could be dangerous, especially for points along and north of I-44  This is where we saw the most frozen precipitation today.  

Another system
 approaches from the southwest on Sunday.  1 to 3 inches of snow are likely in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri (along and south of I-44 -- from Joplin to Springfield to Rolla and points south). Less than an inch is expected for counties north of I-44.  Winter weather advisories are in effect in northern Arkansas through the day on Sunday, where near 3 inches of snow is expected and some sleet and freezing rain is possible.  The greatest impacts are expected in central Arkansas: Newton and Searcy counties are under a winter storm warning.  3 to 5 inches of snow are expected, and light ice accumulations are possible here. 

We'll get a brief break from the action on Monday before another round comes through on Tuesday.  This system appears to be more impactful area-wide.  Several inches of snow are possible through Tuesday through most of our Missouri counties and northwestern Arkansas.  The highest amounts will be in west central Missouri.  At this point, over 4 inches is a good possibility for these areas.  Central Arkansas will likely see lower snow totals, as warmer temperatures will allow for mixed precipitation.  However, more icy conditions are possible here.  Keep checking back in with us for the latest details on this system.

Temperatures remain chilly through the extended period with temperatures staying below the freezing mark every day except Monday and Tuesday, when we'll be just slightly above freezing.  

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