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More Snow is Headed for the Ozarks

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With snow still on the ground, more is expected today into tomorrow. KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports...

More snow is headed for the Ozarks and with it cold temperatures. Drew Albert is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Springfield...

"Well, we do have a winter storm that's going to move from the Northern Plains to the Upper Midwest today and tonight and expect snow to move into the Springfield area probably during the early to mid afternoon hours. It'll probably pick up in intensity as we go on during the afternoon. And then probably the most snow is going to fall from late this afternoon through tonight. We are looking for anywhere from two to four inches of snow in the Springfield area."

According to Albert, Central Missouri might see a little more snow with 3 to 5 inches expected.The cold will also be a problem over the next few days. Thermometers might hit 30 degrees today, but then temperatures will drop...

"Once the cold front goes through tonight, we are looking for temperatures to really plummet back down into the teens probably by Thursday morning and they'll probably just continue to fall during the day on Thursday. It looks like wind chills will probably be in the -10 to -20 degree range on Thursday and Friday, and of course the wind chill is temperatures combined with strong winds. For actual air temperatures, we're looking at highs for Thursday in the Springfield area only around 12 degrees, lows Thursday night probably close to zero, maybe just a little bit below, and believe it or not, highs Friday only reaching about eight degrees."

That’s well below the normal high for this time of year in the low 40s.Another thing that might cause problems, according to Drew Albert, is blowing and drifting of snow...

"Look for wind gusts of probably about 35 miles per hour at times late tonight into Thursday, so obviously with the cold ground the snow is going to stick pretty quickly and instantly and then we're going to have blowing and drifting of snow as well, so travel is going to be hazardous more than likely as we go on late in the afternoon and then tonight into Thursday."

A winter weather advisory is in effect from late this morning until noon tomorrow.