LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. -- A powerful winter storm has moved out of the Rockies and Lake of the Ozarks sits at the southern edge of its projected path. The forecast for snow accumulation in the Lake area currently ranges anywhere between two to 10 inches Monday through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts are expected to reach 30 mph.
A chance of snow Monday morning should be followed by a 45-degree high keeping accumulation at bay until temperatures drop to freezing Monday evening. Snowfall will differ from county to county locally.
According to the National Weather Service, it appears snowfall amounts between 6-10 inches will be likely north of a line stretching from Fort Scott, Kan. to Appleton City to just north of Versailles and Osage Beach, Mo. In the affected areas, snowfall rates in excess of 1 inch per hour can be expected at times late Monday evening, accompanied by wind gusts of up to 30 mph.
Through the day Tuesday, snow accumulation of 1-2 inches has been forecast by the National Weather Service, but could fall as rain depending on daytime temperature around 35F and wind chill. A 40% chance of snow has been forecast Tuesday and throughout Wednesday until 7 p.m.
The winter storm likely to clip Lake of the Ozarks is part of a potent winter storm expected to hit the plains on Monday, bringing blizzard conditions to portions of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
The same storm system could drop another foot of snow or more throughout the Kansas City region, which just got 10-12 inches last week.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging people to avoid travel during this storm, as winds are expected to create blizzard-like conditions and large drifts.
LAKE WEATHER FORECAST BY DAY
National Weather Service
A chance of rain and snow before 1pm, then rain likely. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 45. Wind chill values as low as 22 early. East wind 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Rain before 10pm, then snow. Low around 33. Wind chill values as low as 25. Northeast wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Snow before 7am, then snow likely between 7am and 10am, then a chance of snow after 10am. High near 35. Wind chill values as low as 24. Northeast wind around 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
A chance of snow before 7pm, then a chance of snow after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 24. West wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
A 40 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 35.
A 40 percent chance of snow before 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 24.