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Science and the Environment

Snow to Impact the Ozarks Saturday Night into Sunday

Chris Luczkow

As the saying goes, “March comes in like a lion,” and it certainly is in the Ozarks.  A winter storm watch is in effect Saturday evening into Sunday.  According to the National Weather Service, "a storm system developing over west Texas will track eastward across the lower Mississippi Valley this weekend.  Abundant moisture will spread northward into southeast Kansas and the Missouri Ozarks and interact with a cold air mass over the region." 

Kelsey Angle, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, said we’ll start to see scattered rain showers Saturday afternoon.  But by evening, the rain will change over to snow, and it’s expected to continue overnight and into Sunday.

"Widespread accumulating snow is expected Saturday night and Sunday," said Kelsey.  "Snowfall amounts are expected to range anywhere from about two or three to six inches, and potentially higher amounts are possible."

Credit National Weather Service
Map Showing Snow Accumulation Amounts Expected in the Ozarks

Snow will be heavy at times.

Angle doesn’t believe there will be much ice associated with the storm, but the accumulating snow will affect travel.

As the storm system moves out, he said, cold air will settle in Sunday night and Monday with lows in the single digits and highs in the teens.