The Winter Storm Watch issued for the area on Tuesday by the National Weather Service is now a Winter Storm Warning. It will go into effect at midnight and will continue until 6:00 Thursday night. Around a half inch to three inches of sleet and snow are expected to fall before the storm moves out of the area. More accumulation is possible north of Highway 54. Travel on the roads could be treacherous during the commute Thursday morning. Keep your radio tuned to 1150 AM and 97.5 FM KRMS and online at www.krmsradio.com for the latest information and updates.
The American Red Cross is helping a third family that is left homeless after a fire at an apartment complex on Doyle Road in Eldon. Volunteers from the Heart of Missouri Chapter met Tuesday with a family of three that had not been able to make contact with the agency. The Red Cross provided financial resources for the family to buy food, clothing and baby formula. The family was also given referrals to other agencies. Red Cross volunteers have also met with another family of three and a family of four that also lost everything in the apartment building fire on Saturday. One resident was able to save some belongings and declined assistance from the Red Cross.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch, in effect from late Wednesday night thru Thursday afternoon, for most of Missouri including Camden, Miller and Morgan counties.
Co-Mo Electric Cooperative is ready for the storm, according to spokesman John Agliata:
Area residents should also be making plans, in case the power goes out for an extended period:
Co-Mo officials say ice storms are among the most devastating weather events that can hit the electric grid. The heavy weight of ice collecting on power lines can cables or topple power poles. Icy roads can hamper crews attempting to restore power.
Winter storms are possible in the listening area Wednesday and Thursday that could bring some snow, sleet or even freezing rain. Power companies across the area are preparing for the event in the case that freezing rain causes lines to break. Meteorologist Ray Miller from the weather eye weather center explains:
One of the three suspects believed to be involved in a murder that started in Sunrise Beach and ended in Columbia will be in court Tuesday. 42-year old Desre’ Dory of Shawnee, Kansas will be in a Boone County court room in Columbia for a hearing. He is charged with second degree murder in the death of William Van Note. Van Note was found shot and stabbed in his Sunrise Beach home in October of 2010. He was taken to a Columbia hospital where he died. Prosecutors say Dory, along with his wife Stacy and Van Note’s daughter Susan, forged a note that took William off of life support. Dory’s trial is set to start next Tuesday also in Boone County Court in Columbia.
Storms rolled through the Lake area this afternoon, bringing rain, heavy winds and lighting that knocked out power briefly in Osage Beach during the 3 :00 hour. Quarter-sized hail was reported near Russellville in Moniteau County and thunderstorm wind gusts blew down two barns in the Buffalo area. Polk County Emergency Management officer Robert Dickson says the damage was clearly caused by straight line winds:
More storms are expected later this week with possible snow and ice accumulations.
Camdenton R-III schools have announced that Ryan Neal will be serving as Assistant Superintendent in charge of Academic Services starting in July. Neal joins the district after serving at the Lake Career and Technical Center and as former building principal in the Iberia R-V and Eldon R-I school districts. Neal also served Camdenton for nearly 10 years as a social studies teacher and a varsity assistant football and wrestling coach.