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An ice storm continues into the weekend in the Ozarks.  So far, Andy Foster, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, said the Springfield area has seen a trace to one-tenth of an inch of ice accumulation with pockets of higher amounts, and the freezing rain continues.

"And we see on radar this morning areas of freezing rain continuing, and that will persist through at least mid day across the Springfield area as temperatures hover just below freezing," he said.

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A winter storm is headed for Missouri. National Weather Service forecasters expect freezing rain to develop across much of southern Missouri late tonight (1/12) before spreading north into the rest of the area tomorrow into tomorrow night.  The wintry precipitation is expected to continue off and on into the weekend, especially across central Missouri.

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It's another warm day in the Ozarks.  In fact, we could break another record high.  Wednesday's high of 77 degrees broke the record of 76 degrees set in 1941.  The record high for today is 78 degrees set in 1963, and temperatures today are expected to reach 78 or 79 degrees.

Strong winds are expected from late morning through mid afternoon.  Meteorologist Mike Griffin with the National Weather Service Office in Springfield said the Springfield area could see wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour.  A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. in much of the Ozarks.

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Although temperatures are well above normal today in the Ozarks, the National Weather Service and state and local emergency management agencies want you to start thinking about winter.

Today is Winter Weather Awareness Day.  Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin says now is the perfect time for you to prepare for winter snow and freezing temperatures.

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A heat advisory is in effect starting at noon today and going through tomorrow evening.  That means a period of hot temperatures is expected., and the heat and humidity could lead to heat illnesses, according to the National Weather Service.  It’s offering suggestions for staying safe including drinking plenty of fluids, staying in air conditioning and staying out of the sun if possible.  Check on relatives and neighbors.  If you have to work outside, take frequent breaks.

According to CoxHealth, common signs of heat-related illness are: