Historic rain and flooding throughout Missouri continues Monday morning, roads are closed in hundreds of places in the state, and now snow and ice is accumulating in northwest Missouri.
National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Boxell in Springfield says some places in southwest Missouri have received a foot of rain through the weekend.
“As of about 4 a.m. or so we’ve seen amounts … range from anywhere from three to six inches of rain across areas of far south-central Missouri like West Plains over toward Eminence, Poplar Bluff, then over in the far southwestern portion of the state – Joplin, Springfield, Branson area, we’ve seen a wide area of six to nine inches of rain with some local amounts up to 12 inches,” said Boxell.
He says some moderate and heavy rain will continue this morning.
“That could bring another one to two inches of rain to places like Rolla down toward West Plains, the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers areas,” said Boxell. “Further to the west it does look like the heavy rain is probably over with but we will see light precipitation occur for much of the morning and the early portion of the afternoon.”
Rainfall totals in the St. Louis region also reach as much as ten inches so far.
Many rivers and streams are also predicted to reach historic flood levels, and perhaps all-time record levels. Meteorologist Ben Miller in St. Louis says that’s particularly true downstream in the Meramec River Basin, “which is the southern portion of the St. Louis metro area. There’s a couple of gauge points in there within a half-a-foot of record crest.”
The Weather Service predicts once the rain ends the next few days will be dry, but Miller says river levels will rise through the week.
“For most of the bigger rivers – the Mississippi, the Missouri, the Meramec – those rivers will continue to rise pretty much through this week,” said Miller. “Points in central Missouri should start coming down a little bit sooner just because they were on the western edge of the heavier rainfall.”
Some rivers predicted to reach or exceed all-time high historic flood levels include the Mississippi at Cape Girardeau and Chester, the James at Galena, and the Meramec at Arnold is predicted to come within three-tenths of a foot of a record crest.
At least six people have died in flooding over the weekend.
29 counties along and north of I-70 and the City of St. Louis are also under a wind advisory, with the caution that wind could gust as high as 50 miles per hour and could blow down trees that are in saturated soil.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is reporting 453 flood-related road closings throughout Missouri, including Interstate 70 in both directions in St. Charles County.
States of emergency have been declared statewide and in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties.
Overnight, precipitation began changing over to freezing forms in northwest Missouri and the Kansas City region.
Meteorologist Ryan Cutter says there have been reports of, “upwards of an inch of a combination of snow and sleet in areas like Chillicothe and Trenton,” and around 4 a.m. snow was being reported in the northwest corner of the state.
He says wintry weather is expected to continue through much of the day in northern and northwestern Missouri. During daylight hours precipitation could change back and forth between freezing rain, sleet, and snow on the southeast edge of that band. Those areas would include Kansas City, Trenton, and Kirksville.
Farther into the northwest corner of Missouri, four to five inches of snow could accumulate through Monday.
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