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The snow should taper off in the Ozarks this afternoon. However, the cold temperatures and wind chill are expected to remain throughout the week. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
Springfield drivers experienced the first snowfall of the season this morning with backed up traffic on most major roads. As meteorologist Mike Griffin says, the National Weather Service expects the snow to stop soon, but the cold temperatures will last into the weekend.
“We may see a high of 32 today; the flurries will taper off late this afternoon. Tonight, we’ll actually clear out from the clouds, but when we clear out the clouds, that means the temperature will drop like a rock tonight. We’re going for a low tonight of 15 in the Springfield area. Tomorrow, the sunshine should be back, but it’s not going to help too much. We may get above freezing, we may get up to about 38 tomorrow afternoon, but at least the sunshine will be back for the rest of the week.”
Griffin says that drivers should take extra caution the next few days.
“Even though it’s not a lot of snowfall, the roadways are very slick and treacherous out there. We are looking at slippery roadways because of the nature of the snow. There’s a little bit of a thin glaze of ice underneath that snow on the roadways, so the roadways are a little bit of a mess.”
The National Weather Service predicts no more than a fourth of an inch of snow accumulation from this storm.
For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark.