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The Carthage Press
  • Winter storm headed for SWMO

  • Even though the official start of winter doesn't come for another three weeks, winter's chill has been in place since the middle of November.
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  • Even though the official start of winter doesn't come for another three weeks, winter's chill has been in place since the middle of November.
    Now the first significant winter storm of the season could be headed our way, bringing bitter cold temperatures from Wednesday night through the weekend, and the chance for accumulating snowfall on Thursday and Friday.
    Andy Foster, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Springfield, said the forecast depends on many factors that could change even at the last minute, but predictions are for this storm to include some snowfall for the area.
    “We're looking at a light to moderate winter event, with primarily snow in the Joplin area,” Foster said. “You could get a few inches Thursday and into Friday, but it's too soon to tell how much.”
    Foster wouldn't rule out a little bit of icing when the moisture starts to fall, but the significant ice accumulation will stay to the south of the Joplin and Carthage areas, mainly around the Arkansas state line and south.
    While the snow will likely make for hazardous travel Thursday, Friday and into the weekend, the real impact will be the bitter cold that moves into the area.
    “We're not looking at a major winter event, just a moderate one in terms of snowfall that could have some impacts on travel,” Foster said. “It will get really cold on Wednesday and we don't see any moderation in temperatures until Monday at the earliest.”
    While temperatures will remain in the 60s through Tuesday and in the 50s on Wednesday, temperatures will fall all day Thursday with a high temperature of 28 degrees on Friday and lows dipping to around 10 degrees Friday night and Saturday night.
    Wind gusts of around 20 miles an hour will combine with the bitter cold to create potentially dangerous windchills.

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