The cold front that has brought snow, sleet and freezing rain to Missouri has reached southwest Missouri. The dividing line between freezing and not freezing temperatures is now along the I-44 corridor and will push farther south today.
National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Foster in Springfield says some light winter precipitation was continuing in southern Missouri at 7:00 a.m.
“We have an area of some light freezing drizzle, light freezing rain that continues to coat some elevated objects basically north of Interstate 44. Farther north across central and northern Missouri the precipitation has diminished from what we had overnight, but there are some lingering patches of light snow, sleet, maybe some freezing drizzle.”
Foster says conditions will remain cold today in much of the state with light winter precipitation lingering in much of southern and eastern Missouri this morning and diminishing in the afternoon. Temperature readings at 7 a.m. range from the mid to upper teens in northernmost Missouri to around freezing from a Hannibal to Kansas City line south to a Joplin to St. Louis line, with readings still in the upper 40s in the Bootheel.
Where the temperatures remain cold Foster says that won’t help driving conditions.
He cautions Missourians to watch as forecast models develop for two potential winter storms in the coming week, one Monday night into Tuesday and another on Friday and into Saturday.