Saturday, March 20, 2010

Winter Weather Message

.WINTER STORM TO IMPACT SOUTHEAST KANSAS AND PORTIONS OF THE
MISSOURI OZARKS THROUGH SUNDAY...

A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE TO ORGANIZE OVER THE
SOUTHERN PLAINS THIS MORNING BEFORE TRACKING NORTHEAST INTO
ARKANSAS THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. MEANWHILE...A COLD CANADIAN
AIRMASS WILL CONTINUE TO FILTER INTO SOUTHEAST KANSAS AND WESTERN
MISSOURI BEHIND AN ADVANCING COLD FRONT. THUS THE RAIN THAT IS
ALREADY OCCURRING ACROSS FAR WESTERN MISSOURI AND SOUTHEAST
KANSAS WILL TRANSITION TO A BRIEF WINTRY MIX AND THEN SNOW BY
LATE THIS MORNING. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE
EXPECTED ALONG AND WEST OF AN ANDERSON TO STOCKTON LAKE TO WARSAW
MISSOURI LINE BY THE TIME THE SNOW ENDS LATE SUNDAY.

TO THE EAST OF THE HEAVY SNOW...RAIN IS EXPECTED TO TRANSITION TO
FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING. MINOR
ACCUMULATIONS OF FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET ARE EXPECTED ALONG AND
WEST OF A CASSVILLE TO SPRINGFIELD TO LAKE OF THE OZARKS LINE
BEFORE PRECIPITATION BEGINS TO END LATER SUNDAY. MOST OF THE ICE
ACCUMULATION WILL OCCUR ON ELEVATED SURFACES...AS WELL AS ON
BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES. MAINLY RAIN IS EXPECTED TO THE EAST OF
THIS LINE.

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..WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 7 PM CDT SUNDAY...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET REMAINS IN
EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 PM CDT SUNDAY.

* SHORT TERM TRENDS...RAIN WILL DEVELOP THIS MORNING ACROSS
CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MISSOURI. THE RAIN WILL TRANSITION TO
FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET STARTING THIS AFTERNOON AS TEMPERATURES
FALL INTO THE LOWER 30S.

* TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED...RAIN WILL CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN
AND SLEET STARTING THIS AFTERNOON GENERALLY ALONG AND WEST OF
A CASSVILLE TO SPRINGFIELD TO LAKE OF THE OZARKS LINE. FREEZING
RAIN AND SLEET WILL THEN CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY BEFORE DIMINISHING
LATER SUNDAY.

* SLEET ACCUMULATIONS...MINOR SLEET ACCUMULATIONS UP TO TWO TENTHS
OF AN INCH ARE EXPECTED.

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS...MINOR ICE ACCUMULATIONS UP TO TWO TENTHS OF
AN INCH ARE EXPECTED. MOST OF THE ICE ACCUMULATION WILL OCCUR
ON ELEVATED SURFACES SUCH AS TREES AND POWER LINES. BRIDGES AND
OVERPASSES MAY ALSO EXPERIENCE SOME ICE ACCUMULATION.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE LATER TODAY AND
ESPECIALLY FROM TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING ACROSS SOUTHWEST
AND CENTRAL MISSOURI. ROAD CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY BECOME HIGHLY
VARIABLE...WITH THE BULK OF ICE AND SLEET ACCUMULATION OCCURRING
ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES. THIS WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION WILL
IMPACT HIGHWAYS 54...60...65...AND 160 AS WELL AS PORTIONS OF
INTERSTATE 44.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN AND
SLEET WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY
ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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