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Ice Storm Hits Missouri


A second round of freezing rain began falling in Southwest Missouri last night and continues this morning. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

Tens of thousands of Missourians remain without power as winter weather continues to move thru the state.

Governor Blunt declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to aid communities affected by the storm. It started Saturday and could continue thru midweek.

Flights were cancelled at Kansas City and St. Louis. Central, Southwest and Southeast Missouri were hit hardest.

No deaths have been reported, but a Lamar man was injured when a tree fell on him.

Meteorologist Eric Wise with the National Weather Service Office in Springfield, says the first round, which hit Saturday night and continued thru Sunday morning, affected mainly areas north of Springfield. Ice accumulations, he says, ranged from a half an inch to an inch with locally higher amounts.

The 2nd round started last night and is expected to continue thru the morning hours.

"This latest round developed over northeastern Oklahoma, again, a lot like it did Saturday night into Sunday morning but this time it was still a little further south. The freezing line happened to drop further south, roughly from Branson to Round Springs, which is in Shannon County. And that freezing line dropped down farther south, so did the precipitation, so now we're seeing this freezing rain occur. So far here in Springfield we've gotten about a quarter inch of ice accumulation."

Wise says we'll likely see more ice accumulations throughout the morning. Roads were largely wet this morning, but watch out for slick spots—especially on bridges. Slow down and keep a safe distance from other vehicles.

Wise says another round of precipitation is expected to move thru late this evening thru the overnight hours.

"Now, the question of the freezing line, how far north it's going to go, will depend on who's going to see freezing rain and who will just see rain tonight. Right now, the best estimation is that it's going to set up somewhere roughly from Pittsburg, Kansas up through the Lake of the Ozarks region and north. So, areas north of that are likely to see another round of freezing rain tonight with areas south of that seeing some rain."

Wise says we could get some light freezing rain tomorrow night into Wednesday morning with maybe some light snow before the storm system moves out of our area Wednesday.