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Science and the Environment

A Wintry Mix of Precipitation to Impact the Ozarks

Red Junasun

Several schools are closed today in the Ozarks due to anticipated snow and freezing rain.  Around the middle of the morning, according to the National Weather Service, winter weather is expected to move into southwest Missouri. 

"We will see both snow and freezing rain out of this depending on where you're at," said meteorologist Mike Albano with the National Weather Service Office in Springfield.  "Areas along the southern border of Missouri and northern Arkansas--they will be at the highest risk for freezing rain where they could see between a tenth and two-tenths of an inch of ice accumulation.  Further north, you know, maybe on a Joplin to Springfield to Eminence line and northward, we're expecting more snow.  Across far central Missouri we could see amounts between maybe two and five inches of snow when this thing is all said and done."

Albano expects the Springfield area to see some light freezing rain around 9 a.m., changing to snow in the late morning and into the afternoon.

"For the Springfield metro area, we may see one to two inches of snow by the time this thing pushes out this evening," he said.

A winter weather advisory continues until midnight.  Learn more here