SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield Public Schools has announced classes are canceled on Thursday, February 3 due to weather. Both seated classes and virtual instruction are canceled. District offices are closed and some staff will work remotely.

This is the second day SPS has canceled classes this week. Many other schools have called off classes Thursday. We have a list that is constantly updated. Springfield is expected to see as much as 9 inches of snow overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Chief meteorologist Jamie Warriner says snow will likely stick around through the weekend, especially on untreated roads.

SPS Chief Communications Officer Stephen Hall told us Wednesday

the school district has to be careful when choosing to go virtual because is restricted on how many days they can go virtual.

“There is a limit the state of Missouri puts on school districts this year in terms of how many of what we call alternative method of instruction days or AMI days,” said Hall. “That is basically the ability for the district to be in a position to do district-wide virtual learning.”

Hall says the school district is given a certain number of hours where schools can go virtual. According to Hall SPS only has 8 hours left of virtual learning.

There are plenty of ways to stay up-to-date on road and weather conditions. 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 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.

Here is how KOLR 10 and Ozarks Fox will keep you updated through the storm:

  • Hourly forecasts on air to keep you up to date on the latest snowfall forecast
  • Push alerts from our news app on traffic issues, power outages, and any other developments as the snowstorm rolls through
  • In addition to our usual newscasts, we’ll bring you an hour of coverage Wednesday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on KOLR 10 and Ozarks Fox featuring live reports and weather forecasts
  • Thursday morning, our Daybreak team will be on the air on KOLR 10 and Ozarks Fox between 5:00-9:00 a.m. to show you how overnight snow has impacted road conditions