Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lawrence & Barry counties upgraded to Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO 820 PM CDT SAT MAR 20 2010  ..WINTER STORM TO IMPACT SOUTHEAST KANSAS AND PORTIONS OF THE MISSOURI OZARKS THROUGH SUNDAY...  HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT EXTREME SOUTHEAST KANSAS AND PORTIONS OF THE MISSOURI OZARKS TONIGHT. FIVE TO FOURTEEN INCHES ARE NOW FORECASTED FOR LOCATIONS ALONG AND NORTHWEST OF A LINE FROM LAMAR...TO STOCKTON LAKE...TO GRAVOIS MILLS.  PORTIONS OF LAWRENCE AND BARRY COUNTIES WILL ALSO EXPERIENCE HIGHER AMOUNTS. STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS FOR THESE TWO COUNTIES WILL RANGE FROM THREE TO SEVEN INCHES...THEREFORE...LAWRENCE AND BARRY COUNTIES HAVE BEEN UPGRADED TO A WINTER STORM WARNING.  FARTHER EAST ALONG THE HIGHWAY 65 CORRIDOR FROM SPRINGFIELD TO TABLE ROCK LAKE...A RAIN AND SNOW MIX WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE NIGHT...INCLUDING SPRINGFIELD...OZARK...GALENA...AND REEDS SPRINGS. ACCUMULATIONS RANGING FROM A TRACE TO THREE INCHES CAN NOT BE RULED OUT   KSZ073-097-101-MOZ055-056-066>069-077>080-088-089-093-101-210930- /O.CON.KSGF.WS.W.0002.000000T0000Z-100322T0000Z/ BOURBON-CRAWFORD-CHEROKEE-BENTON-MORGAN-VERNON-ST. CLAIR-HICKORY- CAMDEN-BARTON-CEDAR-POLK-DALLAS-JASPER-DADE-NEWTON-MCDONALD- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FORT SCOTT...PITTSBURG... BAXTER SPRINGS...COLUMBUS...WARSAW...COLE CAMP...VERSAILLES... NEVADA...APPLETON CITY...OSCEOLA...HERMITAGE...OSAGE BEACH... CAMDENTON...LAMAR...EL DORADO SPRINGS...STOCKTON...BOLIVAR... BUFFALO...JOPLIN...CARTHAGE...GREENFIELD...NEOSHO...ANDERSON... PINEVILLE 820 PM CDT SAT MAR 20 2010  ..WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT SUNDAY...  A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT SUNDAY.   * SHORT TERM TRENDS...LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WILL PERSIST ACROSS    EXTREME SOUTHEAST KANSAS AND PORTIONS OF FAR WESTERN MISSOURI.  * TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED...LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WILL PERSIST   OVERNIGHT AND INTO SUNDAY MORNING FOR AREAS OF EXTREME SOUTHEAST   KANSAS AND THE WESTERN MISSOURI OZARKS.  * SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS...STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS   WILL RANGE FROM FIVE TO TWELVE INCHES BY THE TIME THE STORM ENDS   LATE SUNDAY. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FALL TONIGHT. SLEET   ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE MINOR.  * WINDS AND VISIBILITY...GUSTY WINDS COULD RESULT IN POOR VISIBILITY   DUE TO BLOWING SNOW.  * IMPACTS...TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE   TONIGHT. THIS WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT THE HIGHWAY 54...69 AND   71 CORRIDORS...AS WELL AS PORTIONS OF INTERSTATE 44.  PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.  SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...CONSIDER TAKING A WINTER STORM KIT ALONG WITH YOU. THIS KIT SHOULD INCLUDE SUCH ITEMS AS TIRE CHAINS...BOOSTER CABLES...A FLASHLIGHT...SHOVEL...BLANKETS... EXTRA CLOTHING AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT WOULD HELP YOU SURVIVE IN CASE YOU BECOME STRANDED.