From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
The Joplin area could receive a light dusting of snow in the afternoon and night on Christmas Day, according to the latest weather briefing today from the National Weather Service forecast office at Springfield.
Doug Cramer, a NWS meteorologist, said a low-pressure system will move into New Mexico after midnight tonight, triggering the development of thunderstorms in eastern Texas on Christmas morning. The strength of those storms, he said, could impact how much snow falls tomorrow afternoon and night across Southwest Missouri.
Cramer said it is possible the storms could rob the Gulf moisture needed to produce a heavy snow. The storms also could influence where the snow falls.
Predictions call for six to 10 of snow across Northwest Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. If the storms track further to the north, heavier amounts of snow could fall across Southwest Missouri.
The NWS is predicting two to four inches of snow in McDonald County and lighter amounts further north. Most of the snow will fall tomorrow night.