Feb 202013

Possible Precipitation Type at 9 a.m. Thursday

Everything is progressing at about the same pace as this morning’s forecast.

One exception is the development of a light snow band out ahead of the main band expected later this evening.  This has produced some minor accumulations in portions of Barry, McDonald and Stone Counties in Missouri and Boone County in Arkansas.  It will remain light and weaken as it moves northeast.

The main show is still tonight and Thursday. Remember that many, including folks in Springfield, will go through a progression of precipitation types. It will start as snow later this evening, change over to sleet late tonight and then go to freezing rain by Thursday morning.

So waking up in Springfield, there will be several inches of snow/sleet on the ground with a glaze of ice on top of that.  Some icing of trees and wires will occur in Springfield however I don’t believe we will see the worst of it.

The heaviest icing should occur over areas of north-central Arkansas and south-central Missouri. I still feel as if coatings of near .40″ of an inch of ice are possible in these areas by tomorrow afternoon.

Pure snow accumulations will be reserved for areas about an hour north drive from Springfield during this storm.

I will have more updates later today.  This will include my video blog and a live web show at 6 p.m.


  10 Responses to “Winter Storm, February 20, 2013 [UPDATE]”

  1. how much ice will springfield get, and when will it end here? will this be like the ’07 ice storm or is the icy precip not as heavy this time?

    • Larry,
      I don’t see it being that bad. We will get some additional freezing rain in the next few hours. Then, more borderline freezing temperatures along with bands of precipitation (sleet) will cut down on ice accumulations.

  2. Thanks, Ted. It is very disconcerting to not have you on the tube letting us know what to expect. I am still looking for a meteorologist who understands the balance between delivering the weather news, and doing it in a way that makes sense, and is not laced with a Chicken Little panic element. I will continue coming here till we hopefully see you on a TV broadast.

  3. We just got a round of thunder followed by a downpour of white pellets. Is that sleet, and if so is it as much a threat to power lines and trees as regular ice? Does it accumulate on trees and power lines?

    • Larry,
      No sleet will not accumulate on objects. This is what I hoped would happen, freezing rain turns to sleet inside of convective or thunder-bands, reducing the risk of icing.

  4. this seems to be intermittant here in Springfield at least. about what time today should we expect the heaviest potential for precip to taper off and end?

    • Slight break for a few hours then another round of sleet with some freezing rain.

      • Comparing this to the ’07 storm, I was here but can’t recall how much ice Springfield ended up with? Looks like we’ve had maybe a 1/4″ so far in town. Will we get anything like the totals of ’07, and will this next round of freezing rain be it finally!

        • Larry,
          It was over an inch in many places. Stick a fork in this one, it’s essentially done!

          • Wow, And I bet we got that much up here on the north side of the city in ’07.
            Just been some on and off light stuff, mostly looks like sleet. Glad to hear it’s winding down. I have seen an ice storm warning for north central Arkansas. What’s the difference between that and the local freezing/light freezing rain?
            And is this one losing its energy or moisture, or both as the day goes on?

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