Flurries began to hit Miami just after 1:30 earlier this afternoon. Snow began blanketing streets shortly after. City crews set out to spread salt mixture as soon as precipitation began falling to ensure driver safety. The National Weather Service expects 3 to 5 inches total by Friday evening in Miami. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties due to the winter storm impact.
Neosho has seen its fair share of snow. This is a video from Highway 49 North of Neosho from around 3 this afternoon. Roads are a little slick so the Neosho Police Department is recommending that people take it slow around the area. Neosho has already seen two inches of snow.
The National Weather Service in Springfield reports areas around Springfield and Monett have seen two inches of snow so far as well. Officers around the Four Atates have worked numerous non-injury accidents throughout the afternoon. Missouri Highway Patrol officials say I-44 between here and Springfield is completely snow covered and traffic is moving slow at this hour. Also, I-49 is covered as well.
Snow is expected until around mid-evening Thursday and then a second band of snow expected overnight Thursday into Friday morning.
Weather Conditions: Areas of Southwest Missouri are seeing light to moderate snow. The precipitation will continue through mid-evening Thursday with a short break before a second band is expected sometime later tonight into Friday morning.
Travel Conditions: As of Thursday afternoon, most roads from Neosho to Springfield are snow and ice covered. Roads in the Joplin, Carthage, Nevada, Clinton and Warsaw areas remain clear this afternoon. However, road conditions are ever-changing as the storm progresses through the state. Please monitor MODOT’s Traveler Information map.
Road Clearing: MODOT crews will continue with snow/ice clearing efforts throughout Thursday night into Friday. Crews will concentrate on clearing the most heavily-traveled roads first and will move to lesser-traveled roads to treat hills, curves and intersections as time allows. Crews will remain out until all major roads are cleared. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution.
Winter Weather Driving Tips:
* Buckle up.
* Adjust your speed to conditions.
* Stay at least 100 feet behind a truck plowing/salting the road.
* Keep your windshield and other windows clear to help you see.
* Be alert for road conditions that may change as you drive.
* Don't tailgate.
* Focus on driving and avoid distractions.
* Allow for extra travel time.
Road Condition Information:
* MODOT Customer Service: 1-888-275-6636
* MODOT Traveler Information map
For more information, call MODOT at 417-895-7600 or click here.
For more information for Oklahoma, click here.
For more Information for Arkansas, click here.
For more information for Kansas, click here.
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