Chances are increasing for accumulating snow in the Ozarks Sunday into Monday.
The National Weather Service says most locations across southwest Missouri will have measurable snow, but precise amounts are still uncertain.
Here’s what the weather service is predicting:
The probability of four inches of snow or greater is medium at this time.
The probability of six inches of snow or greater remains low to medium at this time.
Best chances for six inches of snow will be along the Missouri/Arkansas border.
A sharp cutoff in snow amounts from north to south is possible.
Temperatures and wind chills will stay very cold for the period, making this a high impact weather event.
Temps Sunday night should dip down below freezing in the Springfield area, with highs Monday only in the single digits.
Wind chills will be dangerously cold this weekend into early next week, with readings of 20 below zero expected.
Meteorologists say these wind chill values are quite rare for this region, as is the prolonged period of sub-freezing temperatures that should last through next Thursday.
If you have to be outside, makes sure to dress in layers, cover any exposed skin, limit outdoor time and check on family members.
If you have to travel this weekend, keep your gas tank at least half full, add a few blankets to your vehicle in case you become stranded, maintain tire pressure, pack a safety kit, and notify family if traveling.
The last 24 hour snowfall of more than four inches in Springfield came on February 16, 2015, when 4.8 inches fell.