**Updated Winter Weather Forecast**
Based on the track of the system and the temperatures, this forecast is still subject to change.
Temps topped out near 60 today, but they'll be falling fast! We'll drop to near 25° leading into early Thursday morning. This is key for our Winter Storm setup. Winter Storm Watches (blue) and Warnings (pink) are in effect through Friday evening.
As far as the progression of this system, here's a full breakdown:
What: Winter Storm
When: 9am through 9pm Thursday and again 3am through 5pm Friday.
Where: More snow along highway 54 and north. Areas around highway 44 including Springfield Metro will see freezing rain accumulate first, then snow on top of that - multiple rounds. Areas from Goodman to Houston and south of that will see more ice accumulate, then light snow showers.
Accumulation: YES. Both ice and snow will accumulate. Ice will be first Thursday, then transitioning to all snow late Thursday leading into Friday morning. (see graphic below):
Impacts: Travel and driving. Most impacts will occur during the evening commute Thursday and the AM commute Friday. Freezing rain and ice can accumulate on power lines causing outages. Expect slick roads as well.
The winter storm will be over leading into the evening hours on Friday. Then the temps take a HUGE dive. We go from 20s Friday afternoon to nearly 6°F overnight. We could even be talking negative wind chills. Saturday and Sunday, we won't see much warming with highs in the low 20s. Sunday does feature another shot at some snow flurries, with an additional 1 to 2" possible.
KSPR Meteorologist Lindsey Slater
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