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Most of the KSMU listening area is under an Ice Storm Warning. The only exception is the West Plains area where there is a Winter Storm Watch. KSMU's Missy Shelton has the latest information from meteorlogist Andy Foster.
Shelton: Most of the KSMU listening area is under an Ice Storm Warning. The only exception is the West Plains area where there is a Winter Storm Watch. Both the Winter Storm Watch for West Plains and the Ice Storm Warning for the rest of the listening area are in effect through Sunday night. To tell us more about what to expect this weekend, meteorologist Andy Foster with the National Weather Service at the Springfield Branson National Airport joins me now. Andy, what are we looking at going into the evening.
Foster: We expect freezing rain and sleet to continue throughout the Springfield are through Sunday. The freezing rain will accumulate up to one inch. We'll see mostly freezing rain and sleet through this event. Freezing rain will accumulate on power lines and that's a major concern.
Shelton: What about driving conditions?
Foster: Those road conditions will deteriorate this evening. Take a safety kit if you must get out. Make sure people know where you are and where're going.
Shelton: Why do we have freezing rain instead of snow?
Foster: We have a shallow artic air mass and it's moving southward but above this air is warmer air. As precipitation falls,
Shelton: I've been speaking wth Andy Foster, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.