February 7, 2016

Snow and frigid cold expected for Ozarks, central & eastern Missouri this weekend

Rain and thunderstorms tonight will meet with colder air coming into southern and eastern Missouri by tomorrow morning, and that is predicted to result in some significant snowfall.

This weather graphic shows the predicted snowfall totals for this weekend, but winter storm predictions can change significantly.  The Weather Service encourages Missourians to look for the latest information.

This weather graphic shows the predicted snowfall totals for this weekend, but winter storm predictions can change significantly. The Weather Service encourages Missourians to look for the latest information.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Griffin says generally two- to four-inches of snow is expected from southwest Missouri, through southern Missouri and into the St. Louis region.

“There could be some pockets of isolated higher amounts. We’re still unsure exactly where those pockets could be,” said Griffin. “The general two to four looks very possible across southwest Missouri down the I-44 corridor. That’s just accumulation. Of course you add in some wind – we’ll see some gusty winds up to 20, 30 miles an hour – some of that could be blowing and drifting around tomorrow afternoon.”

Griffin says after so much unseasonably warm weather, the snow and bitter cold this weekend could catch some people off guard.

“Especially with temperatures in the 40s and 50s today we’re looking at a big cold snap coming for the weekend, and this will be the first snowfall event for the season for a lot of folks across southern Missouri, especially the Missouri Ozarks region,” said Griffin.

He said travel will be impacted, and then cold temperatures will settle in.

“We could see temperatures in the teens at night, maybe even single digits. Highs on Sunday will not get out of the 20s for most locations across southern Missouri and those wind chills will be bitterly cold – down to around zero possible – Sunday morning and again Monday morning,” said Griffin.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for much of southwest Missouri, warning residents to be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibility.

Find Missouri road conditions with the Transportation Department’s Traveler Information Map, which is also available as an app on Apple or Android.

For information for your area, tune in to your Missourinet affiliate station and visit these Weather Service office websites.

In southwest Missouri:  Springfield and on Twitter @NWSSpringfield

In southeast Missouri:  Paducah, KY and on Twitter @NWSPaducah

In northwest and western Missouri:  Kansas City (Pleasant Hill) and on Twitter @NWSKansasCity

In northeast and eastern Missouri:  St. Louis and on Twitter @NWSStLouis

Scotland and Clark counties:  Davenport, IA and on Twitter @NWSQuadCities

Update on house sliding into Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks

Camden County Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty talked to Shawn Kober about a home that has been sliding into the Lake of the Ozarks:

Flooding at the Lake of the Ozarks, docks broken free (VIDEOS)

Heavy rain has pushed the Lake of the Ozarks to 663.7 feet, 3.7 feet above full pool.

Shawn Kober took some video of the record flooding around the lake, and of one of the docks that broke loose and floated away:

 

Missouri governor: flooding danger has not passed, don’t drive into water

Rain has finally stopped falling, but officials say conditions are still dangerous in much of Missouri.

Governor Jay Nixon is joined by his Department of Public Safety Director, the Superintendent of the Highway Patrol, the Director of the Department of Transportation, and others has he discusses deadly and historic flooding in Missouri.

Governor Jay Nixon is joined by his Department of Public Safety Director, the Superintendent of the Highway Patrol, the Director of the Department of Transportation, and others has he discusses deadly and historic flooding in Missouri.

Some parts of Missouri have received a foot or more of rain, and runoff is continuing to fill lakes, creeks, and rivers, with some of those predicted to reach crests higher than ever recorded.

Highway Patrol Superintendent Bret Johnson says Missourians shouldn’t let their guard down.

“This event and the hazard is not over. We ask all drivers to please avoid driving through any standing water on the roadway,” said Johnson.

Governor Jay Nixon adds, the levels of some rivers could continue to rise.

“The water continues to rise in the eastern side of the state and will for the better part of the next two to three days,” said Nixon. “We’re a long way from the finish of this.”

Nixon said events like the storm of the past few days take on a somber tone when people lose their lives. At the time he spoke to reporters, 10 people were confirmed dead in connection to the storm. Crews were still searching for three others. Nine of those ten died when their vehicles were swept away by flooding.

Nixon and members of his administration implored drivers not to try to cross high water.

“The vast, vast majority of folks that lost their life here drove into water,” said Nixon.

Some critics have accused Nixon’s administration of being unprepared for this storm, but he disagrees.

“We saw this weather event coming. Our folks at SEMA as well as [the Highway] Patrol prepositioned resources prior to the first rain coming and we had folks out in the field working with local folks during the entirety of this response, and we continue today to remain in constant contact,” said Nixon. “I would recommend any of those critics feel free to give us a call sometime at three or four in the morning and see who’s working and who’s not.”

Update: At least seven die in Missouri in weekend flooding

UPDATE:  The state Highway Patrol says seven people are known to have drowned in flooding over the weekend when their cars were swept off of roadways.

Reports say four were international soldiers training at Fort Leonard Wood. Their car was swept off a road near Dixon, Saturday. Two other adults were in a car swept off a road near Crocker a short time later.

A Springfield man drowned after his vehicle was swept into Simms Branch Creek in Green County.

The Patrol says two people died in a crash during the Christmas holiday traffic counting period. The two men died in a head-on collision on I-70 on Christmas day. One was driving the wrong-way in the eastbound lanes.

The Patrol says during its counting period – 6 p.m. Thursday December 24 through 11:59, Sunday night – it investigated 282 crashes, including 78 injuries and those two fatalities. 47 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Those totals could increase if additional incidents are late-reported.

 

 

The flooding that continues this morning has proven deadly in Missouri.

This car was caught in flooding on I-70 near St. Louis.

This car was caught in flooding on I-70 near St. Louis.

Six people died when two vehicles were swept off low water crossings in central-Missouri’s Pulaski County. Four were international soldiers training at Fort Leonard Wood, who were in a car swept away near Crocker. The county sheriff believes a fifth person was in that car. Two adults were in a vehicle swept away near Dixon.

The state Highway Patrol Sunday morning found the body of a driver in northern Greene County along a creek. That person’s identity has not been released.

The search will resume at daylight for a man missing in south-central Missouri’s Douglas County. His car was found 400 yards downstream in a creek but he wasn’t in it.

Dozens of water rescues have taken place throughout the state in the last couple of days. The National Weather Service, the governor, law enforcement, and other officials urge drivers not to try to cross water over roads.