11:30 p.m. UPDATE: Snow is coming to an end in the southern Ozarks, along with the freezing drizzle, and the Winter Weather Advisory will be allowed to expire at midnight for all but counties south and east of Springfield. The advisory for those areas has been extended until 3 a.m. Sunday.
9:30 p.m. UPDATE: The Winter Weather Advisory has been extended until midnight Saturday night to account for the slow exit of the snow and freezing drizzle that’s developed on the back side of the snow.
7:15 p.m. UPDATE: Light freezing drizzle has developed on the back side of the snow. Additionally, road temperatures are continuing to drop quickly. There are several reports of traffic wrecks, especially on bridges, which are icing up earliest.
2:45 p.m. UPDATE: Reports of slick, snow covered roads in Branson. A heavy snow band is moving across Stone and Taney Counties. Visibilities down to 1/4 mile in Branson and Branson West.
12:00 p.m. UPDATE: Highway Patrol troopers are working quite a few wrecks in Wright County along Highway 60 west of Mountain Grove. They’re also working multiple crashes north and west of Licking, with a heavy band of snow falling from Wright County into Texas County.
It’s a snowy Saturday in the Ozarks, with morning snowfall totals across southwest Missouri ranging from a trace amounts to more than three inches.
A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for all of southwest Missouri until 9 p.m. Saturday.
The National Weather Service says widespread snow amounts are expected to range from a dusting to three inches, with some locally higher amounts up to four inches for areas west of Highway 65.
Plan on slippery road conditions, especially in areas where heavier snowfall can overcome above freezing road temperatures.
By 10 a.m., road along and west of Highway 65 were snow covered to partly covered, with areas east of 65 clear to partly covered.
Snow was covering roads in the Kansas City and Jefferson City areas, with partly covered roads in the St. Louis area.
The snow should be ending between 2 and 4 p.m. in the Springfield metro area, with blowing snow through the evening.
Here are some preliminary snow totals across the Ozarks, as of 9:30 p.m.:
Rocky Comfort (McDonald County)—6.0 inches
Reeds Spring—6.0 inches
Mountain Grove—5.0 inches
Cape Fair—5.0 inches
Ava—4.5 inches (3.25 inches over 5 hours)
Wentworth (Newton County)—3.8 inches
Pioneer (Barry County)—3.5 inches
St. James—2.9 inches
Appleton City—2.5 inches
El Dorado Springs—2.5 inches
Golden City—2.2 inches
Springfield—(National Weather Service Office)—2.3 inches
Eagle Rock—2.0 inches
Ash Grove—1.5 inches