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December 3, 2013

First winter storm of season to bring single-digit temperatures, snow, sleet through weekend

Joplin, if you’re looking for a silver lining in those snow-laden clouds that are coming, here it is:

“The bulk of the freezing rain is going to stay to your south,” Andy Boxell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Springfield, said Tuesday afternoon.

That’s as good as the news gets.

Tuesday, with its bright sunshine and temperatures in the mid-60s, was the last good day we’re going to know for a while.

“A cold front starts to arrive (tonight),” Boxell said. “By the time folks wake up Thursday morning, it looks like we’ll be down in the mid-20s.”

Temperatures won’t rise much during the day, either.

By late Friday night and early Saturday morning, temperatures in the Joplin area are expected to be in the upper to middle single digits. Wind chills will push that below zero, Boxell said.

“Precipitation will begin in the midmorning hours on Thursday,” Boxell said.

South of Joplin, that will most likely take the form of freezing rain. North of Joplin, it will be all snow. But along and on each side of Interstate 44, it will be a combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain initially, before converting over to mostly sleet and snow.

Boxell said as much as 3 to 6 inches of snow could fall on the area through Thursday and Friday.

Another round of snow, possibly bringing a couple of more inches, is expected to hit Sunday.

“It is a fairly prolonged event,” Boxell said of the storms that will move into the area over the next few days.

Warmer alternative

LOOKING FOR A WARMER CLIMATE? The temperature in Nome, Alaska, over the weekend is projected to be close to 40 degrees, with even the lows above freezing on Friday night. It will even be warmer in Barrow, Alaska — the northernmost city in the United States — on Friday night and Saturday morning than in Joplin, according to weather forecasts.

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