Graphic courtesy of National Weather Service Springfield, MO

Winter Storm Warning: Sleet Wednesday and Sleet/Freezing Rain Combo Thursday

Roads in several parts of the Ozarks are white Wednesday afternoon, not from snow, but sleet that’s been falling in southwest Missouri.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through 9 p.m. Thursday for areas along and south of Interstate 44, with a Winter Weather Advisory for areas along and north of a line from Lamar to Warsaw.

The National Weather Service says roads southwest of Springfield began deteriorating rapidly late Wednesday morning due to sleet.

The winter storm will happen in two waves, with mainly sleet Wednesday and a combo of ice and sleet on Thursday.

We’re expecting anywhere from .10 to .25 inch of freezing rain in the Springfield area, with up to .50 inch along the Missouri-Arkansas border, where some power outages will be possible.

A trace up to two inches of sleet and snow are possible along and north of the interstate.

Very little freezing rain will occur with this storm north of Springfield.

Areas from Warsaw to Osage Beach could see up to two inches of snow, with two to three inches of sleet and snow in the Columbia area.

As far as storm impacts go, forecasters say we’ll have minor impacts for sleet and snowfall along and north of I-44, and moderate impacts for ice accumulation over far southern Missouri.

Keep up to date with road conditions in the Ozarks and across the state with the MoDOT Traveler Information Map.

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