Winter Storm Warnings are in effect as the area is bracing for it's first major snow of the this year.
The Ozarks are bracing for the first major winter storm of the year. A low pressure system has formed over South Texas ahead of an upper level low pressure system. This low will begin moving northeast towards the Ohio Valley today. Gulf moisture will move northward ahead of this low pressure system and precipitation will begin to form.
As moisture moves into the region Tuesday afternoon, it will start as rain and turn to snow as ground temperatures cool. This change should happen fairly quickly. As the system moves northeast, precipitation will spread out of Oklahoma and Arkansas and across the entire region by around 5 PM this afternoon.
By midnight tonight, the snow machine will have kicked into full gear and snow should be falling across the area, heavy at times.
Snowfall amounts will range from 5 to 10 inches across the area, with locally higher amounts of up to 12". Winds will gust over 20 mph at times, causing reduced visibility and blowing snow. Roads will become slippery and dangerous, and traffic may be very. difficult or impossible. Wintry weather will affect travel Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. If you must travel, remember to keep an extra flashlight, food and water in the car in case of an emergency. You should consider postponing your entire trip from Tuesday to Wednesday morning. If travel is essential, drive with extreme caution and carry a winter storm kit.