SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —
Temperatures forecast for the upper sixties today will be followed by the region’s first major winter snow storm of the season.
Single-digit temperatures and sleet, snow and freezing rain are expected to arrive in the Four-State Area Thursday and continue through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service office in Springfield.
“A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will overspread the area Thursday morning and continue through the day,” the weather service announced early Tuesday morning. “Light snow will continue into Thursday evening before ending from the west. Another round of snow is expected to develop late Thursday night and Friday across the region, resulting in additional acccumulations.”
A third round of winter precipitation could hit Saturday night and Sunday.
The weather service said the precipation type and exact amounts of accumulation are still uncertain, but the biggest snowfall is expected to be within 30 miles of either side of the Interstate 44 corridor. The highest ice accumulations are forecast over southcentral Missouri.
“Low temperatures Friday night will fall into the single digits with wind chill values near or slightly below zero. High temperatures will remain below freezing through the weekend,” according to the NWS office.