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February 27, 2014

Winter weather works its way back into forecast

Winter just won’t let go.

A quick-moving storm will bring a wintry mix of precipitation to the Joplin area this morning that includes light snow, sleet and freezing rain, according to the National Weather Service.

That will be followed by a stronger winter storm that is expected to start Saturday night and continue into early Monday.

“This will be a significant winter storm for the area,” said Mike Griffin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service forecast office in Springfield. “It will have a little bit of everything, and we will be back in the deep freeze.”

Forecasters will know more about where the storm will track and how it might affect the Midwest as the storm gets closer to the region. The storm on Thursday was off the West Coast of the United States.

The weather service has issued a winter storm watch that will be in effect from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Monday.

“We will get a decent glaze of ice, maybe two-tenths of an inch. That will be followed by sleet pellets as temperatures fall,” Griffin said. “We could have up to an inch of sleet. As the air gets colder, that will change over to snow Sunday night into Monday.”

About 3 to 4 inches of snow could fall, he said.

Temperatures are expected to be 20 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of year. The highs will be in the 20s. The lows will be in the single digits. Wind chills could fall to minus 10 degrees.

“We could be near record cold territory in the first few days of March,” Griffin said.

Thunderstorms and northerly wind gusts of 30 mph will be possible Saturday night into Sunday. The thunderstorms will have the potential to produce sleet and hail.

Still not over

METEOROLOGIST MIKE GRIFFIN said a weak storm system could bring additional light snow to the region around the middle of next week.

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