Main Precipitation Threat Tonight/Thursday
All of the Ozarks are under some short of winter storm warning this morning for later tonight and Thursday. Ice accumulation is still a concern.
A huge amount of humidity is being lifted over a dome of cold air which will result in lots of rain aloft, which will transition to a mess in the Ozarks on the ground in the form of sleet and freezing rain.
Layout of Precipitation
There is an expected transition of precipitation type for many in the Ozarks. When the initial wave comes in tonight, it’s expected to be snow and some sleet. This will probably stay snow in areas from let’s say Lamar to Camdenton northward.
As for Springfield, snow will give way to sleet and eventually freezing rain (ice) by dawn on Thursday.
Areas of northern Arkansas and south-central Missouri will hold on to freezing rain the longest and have the biggest threat of significant ice accumulations.
I expect Springfield will see several inches of snow/sleet overnight tonight with a glaze of ice on top of that starting sometime in the early morning hours of Thursday.
The snow up north could amount to 1-3″. This of course will become a major snowstorm north and northwest of the Ozarks.
Ice accumulations will be between .10 and .40″ I think with the higher amounts in the area specified on the graphic.
I will post a winter storm update after the morning computer model runs come out, right around noon.
I will post a video review/blog by late afternoon.
Also, look for a live web show tonight to discuss the situation. Details coming up later today!