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Winter Weather in the Ozarks Today Could Impact Roads

Berit Watkin

A winter storm system will push into the area today.  Gene Hatch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, said a wintry mix of precipitation will move in from the northwest.

"Initially what we are expecting is a mix of freezing drizzle, sleet or snow.  A lot of what we'll get will depend on the atmospheric conditions--whether we have ice in the clouds or not," he said.

He said if there’s no ice in the clouds, we’ll likely see a little bit more freezing drizzle today.  Because ground temperatures are below freezing, that could cause some slick spots. 

According to Hatch, once the sun goes down the precipitation will become all snow.

"At this point we are expecting, in the Springfield area, potentially one to two inches of snow by tomorrow morning.  It will turn over to all snow late tonight and continue into the early morning hours tomorrow," he said.

He said areas east of Springfield could get two to four inches of snow.  Today is going to be blustery with wind gusts up to 28 miles per hour.

A winter weather advisory is in effect from noon today until 6 tomorrow morning.