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Snow is Likely Starting Tonight in Southwest Missouri

A winter storm is headed for the Ozarks. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has an update...

Several inches of snow are expected to fall tonight into tomorrow in Southwest Missouri.National Weather Service meteorologist Jerry Claycomb says today will be cold and dry, but winter precipitation will start sometime this evening...

"There is a storm system out over Southern New Mexico that's gonna be moving in our direction. It's gonna pass just to our south into Arkansas by Friday morning. With this cold air in place, we're gonna start seeing Gulf moisture come up over that dome of cold air, and we're gonna see snow starting to fall here by mid evening or so, and later on, probably after midnight or so, the snow's gonna get a little heavier and persist thru the day on Friday."

According to Claycomb, the Springfield area could get 5 to 8 inches of snow. He says the precipitation may start out as sleet but will quickly change to snow.He says they’re fairly certain at this point what track the storm will take...

"The storm is gonna be over Northern Arkansas, and we're gonna be in the wrap around moisture north of the low, which is very favorable for heavy snow for us."

A winter storm warning is in effect in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas from 6 this evening until 6 tomorrow night. But Claycomb says the snow could continue into tomorrow evening, and the warning may be extended.North Central Arkansas is expected to get about a quarter inch of ice or less with 4 to 6 inches of snow. Northwest Arkansas could get one half to one inch of ice with 3 to 6 inches of snow. Two to four inches of snow are expected in Central Missouri.Claycomb says when the snow ends, cold temperatures will remain. Lows Saturday and Sunday morning will be in the single digits. The high Saturday will be in the teens to low 20s.