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Visible satellite imagery from Sunday December 16th shows the vast snow field across the region that extended from Northeast Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. The area outlined in red is the county warning area that the National Weather Service in Springfield, MO serves.



...Snowfall Totals December 15th Event...

A winter storm brought light to moderate snow accumulations to southeast Kansas and the Missouri Ozarks Saturday December 15th. Precipitation began as a wintry mix of freezing rain...sleet andsnow Friday night with the first round of the storm. The second round brought snow to the region Saturday afternoon and evening.

Total snow accumulations generally ranged from one to two inches north of interstate 44 with less than an inch to the south. Heavier accumulations of 3 to 4 inches fell across portions of Central Missouri from the Lake of the Ozarks region east to Rolla and Salem. Even higher snow amounts of up to 8 inches fell further northeast in the St. Louis area as the storm system continued to intensify.

A couple of factors limited snow accumulations across the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas. First a thin layer of warm air aloft kept precipitation from changing over to snow as quickly Friday night. On Saturday the primary storm system did not intensify until it tracked northeast toward the St. Louis area.

Snow accumulations from volunteer and cooperative observers...and Law enforcement across southeast Kansas and the Missouri Ozarks...

County Summary...

County            Snow accumulation


Bourbon           2 to 3 inches
Crawford          1 to 2 inches
Cherokee          1 to 2 inches


Vernon            2 to 3 inches
Barton            1 to 2 inches
Jasper            1 to 2 inches
Newton            1 to 2 inches
McDonald          1 to 2 inches
St. Clair         1 to 2 inches
Cedar             1 to 2 inches
Dade              1 to 2 inches
Lawrence          1 inch or less
Barry             1 inch or less
Stone             1 inch or less
Christian         1 inch or less
Greene            1 inch or less
Polk              1 to 3 inches
Hickory           2 to 3 inches
Benton            2 to 3 inches
Morgan            3 to 4 inches
Camden            3 to 4 inches
Dallas            1 to 3 inches
Webster           1 to 2 inches
Taney             less than 1 inch
Maries            3 to 4 inches
Laclede           3 to 4 inches
Wright            1 to 2 inches
Douglas           1 inch or less
Ozark             less than 1 inch
Howell            less than 1 inch
Texas             1 to 2 inches
Pulaski           3 to 4 inches
Phelps            3 to 4 inches
Dent              3 to 4 inches
Shannon           1 inch or less
Oregon            less than 1 inch