by: Scott McCaulley

A Flood Watch has been issued for Southwest Missouri Friday Morning into early Saturday Morning as more rain is headed to the Lakes Region.

The National Weather Service expects from an inch to an inch and three quarters of rainfall on top of already saturated ground and high-water levels on area streams.

The rain could start as a mix of Freezing Rain early Friday Morning before temperatures rise to above freezing by mid-morning Friday. While not much ice accumulation is expected in the Lakes Region, areas around and north of Springfield will be under a Winter Weather Advisory from 9:00 this evening through Friday Morning.