SPRINGFIELD, Mo- An active weather pattern is ramping up once again across the Ozarks. This storm system will bring rain, wintry mix, and the potential for severe storms.
A marginal risk to slight risk has been put in place by the Storm Prediction Center meaning isolated to scattered severe storms are possible. This is mainly for our far southern and eastern communities as dynamics in the atmosphere will favor these areas. This green to yellow shade is a level 1-2 out of 5, for strong to severe storms Wednesday night through Thursday. The primary hazards will be strong winds and small hail, but the tornado threat is not 0, albeit low.
Rain and storms will start Wednesday night before the cold air sets in and the transition begins. In places like Camdenton, Stockton, Warsaw, and Clinton, the transitions will begin earlier due to the cold air mixing with the precipitation. If you live in the northern counties, this is the sweet spot! Some locations north of I-44 will get 6+ inches of snow!
Temperatures will start to tumble Thursday morning in the metro and this means a changeover from rain to a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Eventually, we’ll see that changeover to all snow with minor accumulations expected. We won’t see much in Springfield but 1-3″ is a good bet with the heaviest amounts just to the NW of town. We also have the potential for a light glaze of ice, especially in our northern and western neighborhoods. Not only could we see some ice accumulation but some minor sleet accumulation as well. This could lead to really slick travel late Thursday into Friday.
Behind this system, temperatures will tumble into the 20s, with wind chill values in the teens. By Friday the roller coaster will start going back up as temperatures are expected to reach into the 40s under plenty of sunshine.
There are plenty of ways to stay up-to-date on road and weather conditions as winter weather approaches. MoDOT’s traveler information map shows the conditions of major roads in the state of Missouri. IDrive Arkansas is a resource for drivers in the Natural State. We will also have a list of the latest school closings. Another great way to stay in touch is our weather app. It’s available for free in the Apple store. Android users can find the app in the Googe Play store.