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John Gagan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, expects snow to begin across west-central Missouri mid to late morning. He says that will build to the southeast in a narrow band and will affect the Springfield area during the middle of the day…
"And we'll see, you know, moderate to occasional pockets of heavy snow during the early afternoon, and we'll see moderate snow continue into the evening rush and in the early evening hours. Right now we're expecting in that band of snow, you know, general accumulations between two and four inches, but there will be pockets, very tough to pinpoint, pockets of higher amounts--ar0und five inches here and there, so it really depends on where these heavier bursts of snow that develop that'll get those higher amounts. But, in general two to four inches of snow is expected across much of southwest Missouri," he said.
Snow will continue into the evening with a possibility of freezing rain and freezing drizzle, but Gagan says any ice accumulation will be minor.
He says this highly unusual pattern for late March will bring another chance for rain over the weekend…
"Right now we're expecting this cold air mass to linger over the region. There is a potential for more rain, maybe some snow as we head into Saturday night into Sunday. Folks are gonna want to keep an eye on this one as we head into the weekend. The forecast is still uncertain--the forecast models we look at have been all over the place, but some indications are there that we could see another chance for snow late Saturday night into Sunday," he said.
A winter weather advisory is in effect through tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service says locally heavy bursts of snow could reduce visibilities to less than a half mile at times, especially late this morning into the early afternoon.
Temperatures tomorrow will warm into the upper 30s to low 40s, so the snow that falls today should start to melt.