Winter Storm Watch

Issued At: Thursday, 12 Jan 2017, 3:43 AM CST
Expires At: Saturday, 14 Jan 2017, 6:00 PM CST

Urgent - winter weather message national weather service springfield mo 343 am cst thu jan 12 2017 ...freezing rain expected late tonight into the weekend... .confidence is increasing that freezing rain will develop across much of southern missouri late tonight...before spreading north into the remainder of the area friday into friday night. this wintry precipitation will then continue on a periodic basis into the weekend...especially across central missouri...where temperatures will be coldest. ice accumulation will be highly dependent on the location and evolution of the surface freezing line...which is currently expected to be located near the arkansas border when precipitation begins late tonight. the freezing line will slowly move north friday into saturday...with freezing rain changing to rain as temperatures rise above freezing. confidence in the speed of this northward progression remains quite low. at this time...it appears that areas south of highway 60 will have the potential of receiving between a tenth and quarter of an inch of freezing rain. along the highway 60 and interstate 44 corridors...ice amounts are currently expected to total one quarter to one half inch. the highest amounts are expected across central and west central missouri...as well as parts of eastern kansas...where temperatures will remain coldest for the longest period of time. ice totals across this area are currently expected to be in excess of three quarters of an inch. it should be noted that temperature changes of just one degree could have major impacts on final ice accumulation totals...and forecast changes are likely as temperatures are fine tuned. bourbon-crawford-cherokee-benton-morgan-miller-maries-vernon- st. clair-hickory-camden-pulaski-phelps-barton-cedar-polk-dallas- laclede-texas-dent-jasper-dade-greene-webster-wright-newton- lawrence-christian-douglas-shannon- including the cities of...fort scott...pawnee station... chicopee...lone oak...pittsburg...baxter springs...lowell... riverton...columbus...neutral...sherwin...stippville...warsaw... whitakerville...cole camp...crockerville...mora...edmonson... lincoln...versailles...rocky mount...stover...laurie... aurora springs...eldon...lake ozark...vichy...nevada...tiffin... appleton city...johnson city...weaubleau...hermitage...quincy... wheatland...cross timbers...osage beach...camdenton... decaturville...roach...village of four seasons... fort leonard wood...laquey...waynesville...northwye...rolla... kenoma...lamar...cedar springs...el dorado springs...filley... arnica...caplinger mills...stockton...bolivar...buffalo... charity...foose...march...plad...windyville...olive...lynchburg... lebanon...plato...roby...bendavis...huggins...lake spring... bangert...darien...gladden...howes...jadwin...salem...joplin... carthage...greenfield...lockwood...meinert...springfield... marshfield...northview...seymour...rogersville...dawson...graff... mountain grove...duncan...mansfield...neosho...aurora... mount vernon...marionville...nixa...christian center...ozark... selmore...vanzant...ava...goodhope...rome...squires...dogwood... teresita...winona...birch tree...montier 343 am cst thu jan 12 2017 ...winter storm watch remains in effect from late tonight through saturday afternoon... * timing...freezing rain...possibly briefly mixed with sleet...is expected to develop across southern missouri around or just after midnight tonight. precipitation will then expand to the north during the morning friday. the surface freezing line will slowly move north during the day friday into saturday...causing some areas to change from freezing rain to rain. this is most likely across the southern portion of the watch area. * main impact...along the highway 60 and interstate 44 corridors...between one quarter and one half inch of ice is possible. across central missouri and the highway 54 corridor... ice amounts may exceed three quarters of an inch. major impacts to travel are likely should ice accrete on area roadways. bridges and overpasses are most susceptible to ice accretion. * other impacts...ice accretion on trees and powerlines may result in scattered power outages. precautionary/preparedness actions... a winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant ice accumulations that may impact travel and infrastructure. continue to monitor the latest forecasts.