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Winter Storm Impacting the Ozarks

A winter storm is expected to dump snow, sleet and freezing rain through tomorrow morning.  Gene Hatch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, says the storm moved in a little faster than forecasters originally expected.

"And it's bringing with it right now, for this morning, a mix of freezing rain and sleet, and that'll continue through a good portion of the morning across the Springfield Metro region.  We do expect the potential for some warming around lunchtime, which may transition that precipitation into a rain or sleet mix but then by the time, late this afternoon and evening rolls around and the sun goes down, temperatures will begin to cool again.  We do expect the transition back to freezing rain, sleet or snow for the overnight period, he said.

Hatch says by the time the storm ends tomorrow morning the Springfield area could have two to four inches of snow and sleet on the ground on top of the snow that was already there as well as .1" of ice accumulation.