Winter Weather Advisory, Bitter Cold Temperatures —

A Winter Weather Advisory has replaced the Winter Storm Watch. For Missouri counties, our Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 9 p.m. tonight through Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. For northwest Arkansas counties, yours goes through 12 p.m. Sunday afternoon. For north-central Arkansas, yours goes into effect at 3 a.m. and last through 6 p.m. on Sunday. Overnight tonight temperatures will drop into the middle 20’s and that is where they will top off early Sunday morning before dropping back in the lower 20’s through the day.

Timing: We’ll have quiet conditions through about midnight tonight before a cold rain moves into Arkansas and southern Missouri, more towards the state line. This rain will transition into snow and become all snow through the 3/4 a.m. time frame. By sunrise, we will see all snow through the area with the heaviest snowfall from about 4 a.m. through lunch time. After lunchtime, snow will slowly start to taper off into flurries and eventually moving out by late afternoon and early evening.

Totals: For Northern Arkansas, snow amounts will range from a dusting to about two inches. For southern Missouri, 2-3″ are expected. From Springfield through Joplin, over to Ava and north, 3-6″ of snow are expected. For our far northern counties, Warsaw, Lake Ozark, 6+ inches cannot be ruled out by the time this storm moves out.

This is a fast-moving storm, so snowfall totals have dropped SLIGHTLY. However, winds will still gust up to 25 mph, so low visibility during the morning hours is likely. This snow will drop fast, so road conditions will be poor, stay home if at all possible, let the snow crews work on clearing the roads.

After the snow moves out, temperatures will tumble. Overnight lows Sunday are expected to drop into the lower single digits with feels-like temperatures well below zero as winds will still be gusty through the overnight and early morning hours.

Monday, temperatures will top off in the upper teens and lower 20’s under a mix of sun and clouds.

We will gradually and slowly warm up through the week with our next rain chances coming Thursday into Friday.