With a cold front forecast to the Four State Area that is accompanied by freezing rain, snow and sleet and temperatures in the single digits, several cities have rescheduled Christmas parades and are canceling or postponing community events.
Andy Boxell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Springfield, said the winter storm will be “a fairly prolonged event” that will come in waves starting Thursday and continuing through Sunday.
As much as 3 to 6 inches of snow could fall on the area.
Update 2:52 p.m. on 12-6-13
Joplin — The City of Joplin’s annual Breakfast with Santa Event scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, has been cancelled due to the inclement weather and frigid temperatures, according to city officials. Because of scheduling and other events planned this month, they say the event will not be rescheduled.
Neosho — Crowder Theatre has cancelled all “Huck Finn” shows on Saturday, Dec. 7. Officials say they have rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., but if inclement weather continues and Crowder is closed on Monday, they will cancel the Monday show, too.
Update 1:52 p.m. on 12-6-13
Joplin -- An annual Breakfast with Santa event scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. Because of scheduling, the event wil not be rescheduled, according to a press release from the City of Joplin.
Update 12:32 p.m. on 12-6-13
Joplin -- The MSSU music department's annual Seasonal Choral Flourish has been postponed because of winter weather. The event has been moved to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at First Community Church, located at 2007 E 15th St.
Update 12:23 p.m. on 12-6-13
Webb City — The Webb City Farmers Market on Saturday is canceled.
Update 7:54 a.m. on 12-6-13
Carl Junction — Carl Junction school district is closed today.
Update 6:10 a.m. on 12-6-13
Joplin -- Joplin Schools and Missouri Southern State University have canceled classes for Friday, Dec. 6 because of winter weather.
Update 6:30 p.m. on 12-5-13
Joplin -- The Surviving Spouses Christmas party scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday has been canceled.
Neosho -- Crowder College officials announced that all locations and activities will be canceled for Friday, Dec. 6.
Update 4:28 p.m. on 12-5-13
Sarcoxie — Christmas on the Square, the Christmas parade and Business Expo originally scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Saturday have been canceled by the City of Sarcoxie.
Miami — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College has canceled all evening classes today (Thursday) (including Miami, Grove and off-campus locations) because of the increasing likelihood of inclement weather.
Campus offices closed today at 4 p.m.
However, tonight’s Medieval Feast is still scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
Update: 12:27 p.m. on 12-5-13
All Crowder College locations will close at 3 p.m. today.
All evening activities have been cancelled.
Update: 10:22 a.m. on 12-5-13
Several Southwest Missouri school districts have announced they will dismiss early because of an anticipated winter storm system. They include Diamond R-4, East Newton R-6, McDonald County R-1, Neosho R-5, Seneca R-7, Trinity Learning Center and Westview K-8, all of which will dismiss between noon and 1 p.m. today. Seneca school district has announced it will not have school on Friday.
Update: 9:56 a.m. on 12 -5 -13
Carl Junction — Due to the threat of inclement weather, the Carl Junction Christmas parade slated for Sunday will be moved inside. Organizers say the event will be modified and will include Santa, music, performances, hot coffee and more. The celebration will kick off at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Center at 303 N. Main.
Neosho — Because school is being dismissed early on Thursday because of pending winter weather, the Neosho Christmas lighting ceremony in Big Spring Park has been postponed to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, so that the second and third grade choir from Central Elementary will be able to participate. Officials say Christmas lights in Big Spring Park will be turned on before that time to discourage vandalism. The city will still hold the lighting ceremony on Dec. 13 to allow for the other planned activities such as holiday songs and the reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Details: Wes Franklin, 417-451-8050.
Pittsburg — The program presenter at the Sperry-Galligar Audubon meeting scheduled for today at 7 p.m. in Pittsburg has had to cancel due to impending weather in his area of travel. The program “Save the Last Dance – A Story of North American Grassland Grouse,” by Noppadol Paothong, will be held at a later date. However, the SGAS still will meet at 7 p.m. in Room 102 of Yates Hall, 1702 S. Joplin St. on the PSU campus. A substitute program will be presented by Dr. Steve Ford on “Southeast Kansas Landscaping and Land Use in the Aftermath of Mining.” The public is welcome.
Baxter Springs, Kan.: Postponed from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.
Galena, Kan.: Postponed from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.
Riverton, Kan.: Postponed from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14 at noon.
Webb City, Mo: Postponed from Dec. 5 to Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.
Miami, Okla.: Postponed from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14 at 4 p.m.
Meetings, special events
• Due to the forecast of inclement weather, the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Breakfast scheduled for Dec. 6 has been canceled. The presentation of the Pittsburg Area Chamber Paint the Town Red Scholarships will take place at the Legislative Send-Off event in January.
• The grand opening for the Quapaw Tribe’s Wellness Center has been postponed from Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. to Dec. 12 at 1 p.m.
Additional cancellations will be added to this list as they are announced.