National Weather Service

Michele Skalicky

Strong winds overnight knocked down trees and damaged roofs in parts of the Ozarks.  There were reports to the National Weather Service of a roof blown off a building in downtown Springfield, other damage to downtown buildings and part of a roof blown off an apartment complex at West Bypass and Kearney.  A large tree was down at Chestnut and National, and a sign blew down on Park Central Square. 

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Severe Weather Awareness Week kicks off today with an actual possibility of severe weather.  A strong storm system will move into the area tonight, and scattered storms could develop by early to mid evening, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Andy Foster.

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An ice storm continues into the weekend in the Ozarks.  So far, Andy Foster, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, said the Springfield area has seen a trace to one-tenth of an inch of ice accumulation with pockets of higher amounts, and the freezing rain continues.

"And we see on radar this morning areas of freezing rain continuing, and that will persist through at least mid day across the Springfield area as temperatures hover just below freezing," he said.

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A winter storm is headed for Missouri. National Weather Service forecasters expect freezing rain to develop across much of southern Missouri late tonight (1/12) before spreading north into the rest of the area tomorrow into tomorrow night.  The wintry precipitation is expected to continue off and on into the weekend, especially across central Missouri.

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It's another warm day in the Ozarks.  In fact, we could break another record high.  Wednesday's high of 77 degrees broke the record of 76 degrees set in 1941.  The record high for today is 78 degrees set in 1963, and temperatures today are expected to reach 78 or 79 degrees.

Strong winds are expected from late morning through mid afternoon.  Meteorologist Mike Griffin with the National Weather Service Office in Springfield said the Springfield area could see wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour.  A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. in much of the Ozarks.