Daily brief (2/1): Top picks from the Springfield media

BlizzardOfficials are urging you to stay home today if at all possible.

Though some spots haven’t been hit with lots of snow or ice yet, National Weather Service forecasters have issued a blizzard warning, saying heavy snow and windy conditions will cover the entire region.

The temperature is expected to drop throughout the day, reaching 19 by 5 p.m. with a wind chill of zero. North wind gusts of 19 to 29 mph are expected. Snow will continue through the night, with wind chills dipping as low as -12 degrees.

Tomorrow will be even colder, with a high of 13 and wind chills of -14.

Just about all schools and colleges are closed today (including Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Republic, and Willard). Springfield city offices as well as government offices in Greene and Christian counties are also closed for the day.

The Ozarks Red Cross has offered several preparation tips to protect yourself.

Also, check your flight scheduled. The Associated Press is reporting several flights have already been cancelled at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis and at Kansas City International Airport.

Today’s picks, beyond the expected blizzard:

  • KY3: Number of flu cases in Greene County doubled last week. Greene County health officials reported 103 confirmed cases in the county. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has a list of guidelines to reduce your flu risk.
  • News-Leader: Possible factors cited in drownings. Bulky clothes may have been a factor in the deaths of four people after their boat capsized on the Niangua River in Dallas County.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX]: Lebanon mayor speaks at heated council meeting. Dozens showed up at the Lebanon City Council meeting yesterday, and some demanded that the mayor resign during the emotional meeting.
  • News-Leader: CU has second-lowest bills in 25-city survey. City Utilities of Springfield’s average residential monthly bill for water, electric, and gas was $160.20. Of the 24 other cities, only Omaha, Neb., was lower.
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