It looks like the groundhog was right again this year, as a winter storm moved into Southwest Missouri Sunday afternoon.

It looks like the groundhog was right again this year, as a winter storm moved into Southwest Missouri Sunday afternoon.
"We did have in meteorological terms, it was fairly week," said Drew Albert, meteorologist with the National Weather Service of Springfield. "We had a system moving from northwest to southeast, what we call a 'clipper system,' when they kind of do that. It moved in from the northern plains down through Eastern Kansas and swung into Missouri and Northern Arkansas. It didn't produce a lot of snow, but temperatures were pretty cold, anything that did fall, pretty much stuck to the roads pretty quickly. That caused a lot of hazardous driving conditions. Temperatures really fell from the 20s into the teens and into the single digits later on in the night (Sunday). It wasn't a lot of snow, but it did have a lot of impacts on travel."
On Monday, the morning temperatures were in the single digits and started to move up.
"On Monday, we already picked up a south wind so that should help warm us up," he said.
But the weather will change for today.
"It does get a little bit more interesting for late today, today evening, we are expecting another system," said Albert. "It is a little bit different than a clipper system, but we we are looking for another front to come down. Initially the front will be dry early into Tuesday morning, but then we are looking at another system to ride along that one from west to east into our area and that is going to bring fairly light precipitation amounts starting toward mid day Tuesday. Then last until about the evening."
Albert said it will be a pretty quick system.
"Which is good," he said. "But most of that in the Neosho area is going to be in the form of a wintery mix, could be some snow, a little bit of freezing rain, sleet. Right now in our forecast, the amounts of snowfall amounts that we are predicting probably a half inch. The ice storm total into a few hundreds of an inch, maybe a tenth of an inch. not a huge ice storm or anything, it is going to be enough to cause travel issues again."
Temperatures for today will start off in the mid 30s, but Albert said will drop in the evening into the 20 degree mark.
If you are traveling, Albert said to be prepared.
"I encourage everyone to check road conditions before they go anywhere Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. check the MoDOT web page (http://traveler.modot.org/map).
Extended forecast
"We are going to be kind of up and down, fairly cold Wednesday, normal high temperatures for this time of the year, you are going to get up into the mid 40s," he said. "Mid 30s for Wednesday - 10 degrees from normal. Then it will warm up for at least a couple of days Thursday, Friday, maybe highs near 50 and maybe mid 50s by Friday. Then we will see another front come down for the weekend. And getting us back down just below normal. we might see some winter precipitation during the weekend, that is pretty far out there in the Pacific. could see some light snow."