Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday Morning Update

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO 158 AM CDT SUN MAR 21 2010  ..WINTER STORM CONTINUING TO IMPACT SOUTHEAST KANSAS AND PORTIONS OF THE MISSOURI OZARKS...  MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT EXTREME SOUTHEAST KANSAS AND WESTERN MISSOURI INTO SUNDAY. TOTAL STORM ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED ALONG AND WEST OF AN ANDERSON TO BOLIVAR TO VERSAILLES LINE. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO A FOOT WILL BE POSSIBLE.  MEANWHILE...A MIXTURE OF FREEZING RAIN...SLEET...AND SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY MORNING ALONG AND JUST TO THE WEST OF THE HIGHWAY 65 CORRIDOR. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL VARY GREATLY IN THIS CORRIDOR...RANGING FROM JUST A TRACE EAST OF HIGHWAY 65...TO GREATER THAN 4 INCHES ABOUT 10 MILES WEST OF HIGHWAY 65. FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED TO BE THE PRIMARY PRECIPITATION TYPE IN THIS CORRIDOR FOR THE REMAINDER OF TONIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING. ICE ACCUMULATIONS UP TO TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH ARE EXPECTED...MAINLY ON ELEVATED SURFACES.  PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO DIMINISH FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON INTO SUNDAY EVENING...WITH TEMPERATURES WARMING TO NEAR OR JUST ABOVE FREEZING IN THE AFTERNOON.  KSZ073-097-101-MOZ055-056-066>069-077>080-088>090-093>095-101>103- 211500- /O.CON.KSGF.WS.W.0002.000000T0000Z-100322T0000Z/ BOURBON-CRAWFORD-CHEROKEE-BENTON-MORGAN-VERNON-ST. CLAIR-HICKORY- CAMDEN-BARTON-CEDAR-POLK-DALLAS-JASPER-DADE-GREENE-NEWTON- LAWRENCE-CHRISTIAN-MCDONALD-BARRY-STONE- 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...SPRINGFIELD...NEOSHO... AURORA...MOUNT VERNON...NIXA...OZARK...ANDERSON...PINEVILLE... MONETT...CASSVILLE...KIMBERLING CITY...GALENA 158 AM CDT SUN MAR 21 2010  ..WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING...  A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING.  * SHORT TERM TRENDS...MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOW WILL   CONTINUE ALONG AND WEST OF THE HIGHWAY 71 CORRIDOR OVERNIGHT.   ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE EXPECTED THROUGH    SUNRISE.    A MIXTURE OF FREEZING RAIN...SLEET...AND SNOW WILL CONTINUE   ALONG AND JUST TO THE WEST OF THE HIGHWAY 65 CORRIDOR.    ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS UP TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED    THROUGH SUNRISE. ICE ACCUMULATIONS UP TO A TENTH OF AN INCH    ARE EXPECTED FOR THE REMAINDER OF TONIGHT...MAINLY ON    ELEVATED SURFACES.  * TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED...MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY   SNOWFALL WILL CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY ALONG AND WEST OF THE HIGHWAY   71 CORRIDOR. THE SNOW WILL BEGIN TO DIMINISH IN THE AFTERNOON.    FREEZING RAIN...SLEET...AND SNOW WILL CONTINUE ALONG AND JUST    TO THE WEST OF THE HIGHWAY 65 CORRIDOR INTO SUNDAY MORNING.    PRECIPITATION MAY THEN CHANGE TO RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON AS    TEMPERATURES WARM JUST ABOVE FREEZING.  * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...TOTAL STORM ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES   CAN BE EXPECTED ALONG AND WEST OF AN ANDERSON TO BOLIVAR TO   VERSAILLES LINE. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO A FOOT WILL BE   POSSIBLE.    TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL VARY GREATLY ALONG AND JUST WEST    OF HIGHWAY 65. AMOUNTS WILL RANGE FROM JUST A TRACE EAST OF    HIGHWAY 65...TO GREATER THAN 4 INCHES ABOUT 10 MILES WEST OF    HIGHWAY 65.  * ICE ACCUMULATIONS UP TO TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH ARE EXPECTED ALONG   AND JUST WEST OF THE HIGHWAY 65 CORRIDOR. MOST OF THE   ACCUMULATION WILL BE ON ELEVATED SURFACES...SUCH AS TREES AND   POWER LINES.   * WINDS AND VISIBILITY...GUSTY NORTH WINDS WILL REDUCE   VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE HALF OF A MILE AT TIMES DUE TO BLOWING   SNOW.   * IMPACTS...LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE REPORTED NUMEROUS   ACCIDENTS ACROSS THE AREA. THE MISSOURI AND KANSAS DEPARTMENTS   OF TRANSPORTATION CONTINUE TO INDICATE THAT ROADWAYS ARE   PARTIALLY TO FULLY SNOW AND SLUSH COVERED. PARTIAL MELTING OF   THE FALLING SNOW HAS MADE ROADWAYS ESPECIALLY TREACHEROUS DUE TO   THE SLUSHY CONDITIONS. MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME   CAUTION IF TRAVELING FOR THE REMAINDER OF TONIGHT.  PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. 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.