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People in the Ozarks are waking up to a wintery mix on the ground. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.
Freezing precipitation fell on the Ozarks overnight making roads slippery. Drew Albert is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Springfield...
"Precipitation amounts were pretty light, overall. Most of the precipitation was sleet that occurred behind the strong cold front that went through late yesterday and yesterday evening. And, it looks like, just from the reports we've gotten so far that have filtered in from last night and early this morning, most areas only received a tenth to two-tenths of an inch of sleet, but you combine that with the temperatures which have now dropped to 12 degrees here at the airport, anything that fell yesterday is pretty much stuck to the road surfaces, so conditions are kind of icy this morning."
We’re not done with the freezing precipitation yet. Albert says more is expected tomorrow and Wednesday...
"The front that went thru is going to stall to our south, and it looks like what's going to happen is, moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will kind of go up and over that cold air mass, and that process is going to start tomorrow, and we are looking for the possibility of light freezing rain or freezing drizzle to occur on Tuesday. In general, the amounts will be pretty light, but, still, we'll have very cold temperatures in place. We're only looking for highs tomorrow in the mid 20s, and that's after lows tonight in the teens, so the ground's going to be cold, so any precipitation that does fall is likely going to fall and freeze on contact with the ground, so we are expecting kind of messy conditions--not a really huge ice storm like we've seen the last couple of years, but certainly enough to be, potentially, a traffic problem."
A winter weather advisory is in effect until 9 this morning in Missouri in areas to the south and east of Springfield and until noon in Northern Arkansas. But Albert says any additional freezing precipitation that falls will be very light.