Winter storm producing lighting and thunder - Over 5 inches in Chamois, MO

Photo by Brad Strobel from Chamois, Mo as snow continues falling a rapid pace.


--Numerous bolts of lighting have been seen in Chamois, Mo, according to Brad Strobel who also reports 5 inches of snowfall as of 12 p.m.

1 p.m. - We just spoke with Brad Strobel and snow continues to pound the small town of Chamois as snowfall amounts continue to clime, approaching six inches of snow and sleet, New Haven has accumlated 3.5 inches as of 1 p.m. while heavy snow continues to fall.

The snow is expected to taper off by midafternoon as the system continues moving towards the east coast.

BREAKING NEWS: Nixon declares state of emergency in Missouri in response to severe winter storm

Photo taken by Jeff Bowers in New Haven, MO looking east along Highway 100.

Moments ago Gov. Nixon's office released the follow statement.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today declared a state of emergency in Missouri in response to severe winter weather that began early this morning, bringing hazardous travel and the possibility of power outages. The weather system has involved a mix of snow, sleet and ice throughout the state, with forecasts of 10 inches or more of snow in some parts of the state and a wintry mix across many other regions of Missouri.

“A severe winter storm continues to bear down on communities across the state,” Gov. Nixon said. “Missouri stands ready to help communities in need and to deploy the resources to keep folks safe. I urge all Missourians to keep a close eye on the weather and avoid unnecessary travel.”

As Winter Storm Approaches, MoDOT Reminds Motorists to Use Caution, Avoid Travel, and Stay Informed

JEFFERSON CITY - As freezing rain, sleet and snow makes its way into Missouri over the next 24 hours, the Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists to use caution and avoid travel if possible.

The variety of winter precipitation expected means that roads could become covered with snow and ice as this storm moves through the state.

MoDOT crews are prepared for the storm, with trucks and equipment mobilized and ready to go.

Local Weather Storm Warning information

Winter Storm Warning: National Weather Service Forecast

The national weather service in St. Louis has issued a winter storm warning for a mixture of freezing rain...sleet...and snow...which is in effect from 6 am Thursday to midnight CST Thursday night. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect.


Timing...precipitation will overspread the area shortly after sunrise on Thursday morning...will become heavy at times during the day...and then taper off by evening.

Wicked weather forecast Snow possible by Wednesday

Short video footage of Tuesday afternoon's severe weather.

New Haven, Mo. - Wicked weather for this time of the year with temperatures hovering around the 70-degree mark at 3 p.m. and by 3:30 they had fallen to 55 degrees after severe weather barreled through the area.

Temperatures will continue falling throughout the evening with a low near 34 degrees.  Rain will continue into the overnight hours with a chance of severe weather as a tornado watch remains in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Spring-like weather will turn into storms this evening with possible hail

St. Louis, Mo - The National Weather Service in St. Louis, Mo. has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Franklin and surrounding counties in Missouri. 

Thunderstorms are expected starting this afternoon and into tonight.  Some of the storms may be severe and product locally heavy rainfall.  The primary severe weather threat will be damaging thunderstorm winds; however there may also be large hail and isolated tornadoes.

Snow is likely across northeast Missouri late this evening.  Light snow accumulations are possible.  Snow is likely across northeast Missouri and west central Illinois Wednesday morning with light snow accumulations at that time as well.

Live winter weather coverage

Photo by Kyle Quick taken at 11:00 a.m. looking east towards the water tower from the parking lot at Bank of Franklin County

Main Highways are looking much better after the temperature raised one degree  15 minutes after our 11 a.m. live report, which can be seen below.