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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Wintry weather moving into the area

  • The National Weather Service says snowflakes will be flying Thursday, but thy won’t be sticking around for long.
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  • The National Weather Service says snowflakes will be flying Thursday, but thy won’t be sticking around for long.
     
    “There is a very strong storm system starting to wind up,” said Andy Boxell, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Springfield.
     
    A warm air mass will be moving through the area this afternoon and tonight, bringing with it showers and thunderstorms that are expected to develop in the afternoon and evening.
     
    The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory that is in effect until noon Thursday. Sustained winds are expected to reach 25-30 mph with gusts reaching as high as 45 mph.
     
    Strong winds will make travel difficult through Thursday morning. Heavy cross winds can be expected in Interstate 44, Interstate 49, and U.S. 65. The winds will combine with cold air to produce wind chills in the teens Thursday.
     
    High-profile vehicles should use extra caution.
    A strong cold front moved through the area is expected to move throughout the Rolla area Thursday morning between 4-5 a.m.
     
    Light snow is possible with this system, but don’t expect more than a dusting.
     
    While the snow is not expected to accumulate, there could be some icy spots.
     
    “Give a little extra time (for driving) in the morning,” said Boxell.
     
    With weather officially starting Friday, what can we expect this season?
     
    “There’s nothing really to hang our hats on at this distance,” said Boxtell. “It really could be a wide variety of weather conditions.
     
    Boxtell said to expect all sorts of winter conditions this year, ranging from snow and icy to rain and thunderstorms.
     
    “It’s your classic Ozarks winter,” said Boxtell. “A very mixed bag of stuff.”
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