A blast of cold hit the Ozarks over the last few days and the area was hit with some snow, which was good news for area kids because school was cancelled and it was a snow day.
The Daily Guide reached out to our readers online and asked them what they were doing for the snow day. Readers answered in big numbers sending in their photos and videos of clearing driveways, sledding, making snow angels, and even a snow ball fight.
How much snow did we get?
Localized amounts vary, but most people could agree that the area got between two to four inches of snow; just enough for the kids to try out sleds. According to www.wunderground.com, a weather information site that says it gets its information from the Waynesville Regional Airport, the area only got about half an inch. The snow was mostly powdery and wasn't very good for making a snowman, but that didn't stop locals from getting out in it.
Temperatures were extremely cold on Tuesday and school was cancelled again. As a matter of fact, some of the small rural schools are cancelled for Wednesday as well. The low for Tuesday was reported as -5 and windchills went even farther below zero.
Roads were a little hazardous on Monday morning, but since it was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday, many schools were already closed, as were other institutions. Missour State Highway Patrol Troop I, which serves Pulaski and the surrounding counties, reported 6 crashes since Friday on its crash report site. Friday the area saw a bit of freezing rain.
The freezing temperatures prompted a press release from Laclede Electric Cooperative warning customers that they were seeing record electric use, probably due to the cold temperatures. Customers might be in for a bit of sticker shock when the electric bill comes at the end of January.
The good news is that the 10 day forecast, according to weather.com, has the area warming up a bit and even hitting the 50's by the weekend and staying above freezing, at least in the daylight hours, all the way until a week from Tuesday.
Missourians know to take that forecast with a grain of salt. Missouri is known for its rapidly changing weather.