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December 3, 2013

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

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — 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). By the time folks wake up Thursday morning, it looks like we’ll be down in the mid 20s,” Boxell said.

Temperatures won’t warm up much during the day, either.

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

“Precipitation will begin in the mid-morning 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 either 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 three to six inches of snow could fall on the area through Thursday and Friday.

Another round of snow, possibly bringing a couple more inches, will hit Sunday.

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

Want a warmer alternative?

Looking for a warmer climate? The temperature in Nome, Alaska, over the weekend is projected to be close to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, 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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