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Although temperatures are well above normal today in the Ozarks, the National Weather Service and state and local emergency management agencies want you to start thinking about winter.

Today is Winter Weather Awareness Day.  Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin says now is the perfect time for you to prepare for winter snow and freezing temperatures.

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A heat advisory is in effect starting at noon today and going through tomorrow evening.  That means a period of hot temperatures is expected., and the heat and humidity could lead to heat illnesses, according to the National Weather Service.  It’s offering suggestions for staying safe including drinking plenty of fluids, staying in air conditioning and staying out of the sun if possible.  Check on relatives and neighbors.  If you have to work outside, take frequent breaks.

According to CoxHealth, common signs of heat-related illness are: 

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Up to six inches of rain fell on parts of east Springfield Sunday night.  According to National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Foster, there were around 60 water rescues as streets flooded and stranded vehicles.

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The National Weather Service continues its storm spotter training courses throughout the region.

Participants can learn how to identify features of strong and severe storms, hail safety, supercell structure and more. These trained spotters will be able to provide valuable real-time severe weather information to the National Weather Service and Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management.

The latest session was held Tuesday night in Greene County.

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Severe weather seminars planned for various parts of southwest Missouri will cover things like the basics of thunderstorm development and how to identify severe weather features, including the development of storms that could produce tornadoes.

Ted Martin is Branson’s Fire Chief and Emergency Management director.