by: Scott McCaulley

While a storm system that is expected to hit the Ozarks has slowed down making predictions a little more difficult, the National Weather Service has enough information to issue a Winter Storm Watch for Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas for the weekend.

As of 4:00 AM, the Watch Area includes the boarder counties with Arkansas including from west to east McDonald, Barry, Stone, Taney, Ozark, and Howell in addition to Newton, Christian, and Douglas Counties.

In Arkanas, all the boarder counties including Boone and Carroll along with Marion and Baxter with other surrounding counties including Madison, Newton, and Searcy included.

The watch in Missouri extends north to Ozark and Nixa but currently does not include the Springfield area while in Arkansas the watch extends south to Russellville.

In the Watch Statement, the NWS says heavy snow with some mixed precipitation is expected with snow accumulations of 3-6 inches possible with locally higher amounts in some areas. A light glaze of ice accumulations are also possible.

Currently the watch is in effect from late Friday Night to late Saturday Night.

According to Randy Luna of Stormdar Weather, the system has slowed down and is not coming ashore until today which has delayed making more predictions on the impact of this storm.

Similar conditions are expected in Northwest Arkansas as the storm approaches Friday.

More information on the potential for this weekend’s storm will be provided through Stormdar Weater, the KOLR-10 Weather Lab, and the National Weather Service on-air plus here on