Sunday, March 21, 2010

Winter weather update

..WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS
EVENING...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FREEZING RAIN REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM
CDT THIS EVENING.

* SHORT TERM TRENDS...LIGHT FREEZING RAIN WILL CONTINUE THIS
AFTERNOON ACROSS FAR SOUTHWEST MISSOURI. ADDITIONAL LIGHT
ACCUMULATIONS OF A TENTH OF AN INCH OR LESS ARE POSSIBLE MAINLY
FROM JUST WEST OF SPRINGFIELD TO MONETT AND ANDERSON.

* TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED...LIGHT FREEZING RAIN WILL CONTINUE
THIS AFTERNOON OF A JOPLIN TO SPRINGFIELD LINE BEFORE TAPERING
OFF LATER THIS AFTERNOON.

PRECIPITATION MAY TRANSITION TO RAIN AND DIMINISH THIS AFTERNOON
AND EVENING AS TEMPERATURES CLIMB JUST ABOVE FREEZING.

TOTAL STORM SNOW ACCUMULATIONS HAVE RANGED FROM OF 4 TO 12 INCHES
MAINLY WEST OF A CASSVILLE TO BOLIVAR TO VERSAILLES LINE.

TOTAL STORM ACCUMULATIONS HAVE VARIED GREATLY ALONG AND JUST WEST
OF HIGHWAY 65 WITH AMOUNTS RANGING FROM A TRACE EAST OF HIGHWAY
65...TO GREATER THAN 4 INCHES ABOUT 10 MILES WEST OF HIGHWAY 65.

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS...ADDITIONAL ICE ACCUMULATIONS UP TO A TENTH
OF AN INCH WILL BE POSSIBLE. STORM TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF A
TENTH TO THREE TENTHS OF AN INCH ARE EXPECTED ACROSS FAR
SOUTHWEST MISSOURI. MOST OF THE ACCUMULATION WILL BE ON
ELEVATED SURFACES...SUCH AS TREES AND POWER LINES.

* IMPACTS...THE MISSOURI AND KANSAS DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION
CONTINUE TO INDICATE THAT SOME PRIMARY ROADS REMAINED PARTIALLY
SNOW COVERED. ROAD CONDITIONS COULD BE HIGHLY VARIABLE
ESPECIALLY ON SECONDARY ROADS AND BRIDGES...AND MOTORISTS ARE
URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION IF TRAVELING TODAY.

GUSTY NORTH WINDS UP TO 30 MPH COMBINED WITH THE ICE
ACCUMULATION MAY RESULT IN ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF WINTER
PRECIPITATION 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.