Ernie Pierce clears snow from the sidewalk in front of his South Street home. "If that rain had been snow it would have been a lot worse," Pierce opined. (Photo by Jym Wilson)

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As predicted, snow blanketed Springfield and much of southern Missouri overnight. Springfield accumulated around 6 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Another 1-4 inches of snow could fall across parts of the region, according to the NWS, with those totals most likely to hit communities east of Springfield. 

Jump to the photo gallery of snow around Springfield Wednesday morning.

The NWS warns that the heavy, wet snow is weighing down branches and power lines across the region. In Springfield, City Utilities was responding to five reported power outages Wednesday morning, affecting a range of one to 47 customers. (Keep track of outages with this map.) Most of the outages reported early Wednesday had been addressed by 10 a.m.

The storm led schools to close across the city. Wednesday classes were canceled at Springfield Public Schools, Missouri State University, Evangel University, Drury University and Ozarks Technical Community College. 

The Missouri Department of Transportation is advising people to avoid travel if possible in Southwest Missouri, or to at least delay commutes until later in the day. 

At the Springfield-Branson National Airport as of 8 a.m., the storm has so far led to one canceled United flight to Chicago and a delayed United flight to Houston due to ground conditions there. Flights to Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta and Denver were all tracking on time on Wednesday morning, according to the airport’s arrival and departure tracker.

The weather caused delayed openings at Greene County government offices, courts and Springfield-Greene County Library District branches. Due to the weather, they open at 10 a.m.

While the brunt of the snowstorm has passed Springfield, the winter weather isn’t done. Wind chill values are expected to drop into the single digits overnight and into Thursday morning.

South Kimbrough Ave was clear of snow at 6:00 a.m.(Photo by Jym Wilson)
Crews clear the parking lot at the Bass Pro complex Wednesday morning. (Photo by Jym Wilson)
Bill Cover is a flash of orange as he takes a run through Phelps Grove Park from his home in Rountree Wednesday morning. (Photo by Jym Wilson)
Patricia Hunter walks “Hemingway” under snow-covered branches in the University Heights Neighborhood. (Photo by Jym Wilson)
Maple Park Cemetery may be best known for its colorful fall foliage but the overnight snowfall provided a contrast with the now bare trees. (Photo by Jym Wilson)
Statuary in Maple Park Cemetery was covered with snow Wednesday morning. (Photo by Jym Wilson)
Park Central East Street was easily traversed at 8:00 a.m. (Photo by Jym Wilson)
While E. Brookside Drive had been cleared by 7:00 a.m., city plows had not got up into the neighborhood of adjacent South Clay Ave. (Photo by Jym Wilson)
Bill Cover is a flash of orange as he takes a run through Phelps Grove Park from his home in Rountree Wednesday morning. (Photo by Jym Wilson)

Cory Matteson

Cory Matteson moved to Springfield in 2022 to join the team of Daily Citizen journalists and staff eager to launch a local news nonprofit. He returned to the Show-Me State nearly two decades after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to arriving in Springfield, he worked as a reporter at the Lincoln Journal Star and Casper Star-Tribune. More by Cory Matteson