Daily brief (11/8): Top picks from the Springfield media

Sunny, with a high near 62. Wind chill values as low as 31 early.

Moisture will begin to return Friday and Saturday and we will notice an increase in our cloud cover.

Temperatures will continue to warm despite the clouds and strong winds.  Highs will be in the upper 60s to near 70 Friday and Saturday.

DEER SEASON opens Saturday!! The day should begin partly to mostly cloudy windy and warm with lows in the mid 50s.

Highs Saturday could again top out in the upper 60s to near 70. Gusty winds will make it a tough day in the deer stand not only for safety reasons but the high winds will keep the deer from moving around too much.

A line of thunderstorms is possible beginning late Saturday night or early Sunday so tent campers should stay up on the latest forecast.

The end result is going to be prolonged period of moderate to heavy rain.  Several inches of rain may fall and flooding could be an issue now that the growing season has ended.

In addition, very cold air will plunge in behind this storm and any lagging cold air may generate a few snow flurries early Monday.

Monday and Tuesday of next week promise to be very cold with highs in the 40s!

Today’s picks

  • News-Leader:  Springfield students read to horses. Is there a better way to get children excited about reading? The answer is nay. The Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center north of Springfield hosted first-graders from Campbell Elementary on Wednesday morning as they came to read to horses. What began as a reading project several weeks ago galloped to its conclusion with life meeting literature. The students were each given a copy of “Little Black, A Pony,” an illustrated children’s book by Walter Farley depicting the friendship between a little boy and his black pony.
  • OzarksFirst:AdTech AdLaura Bush at College of Ozarks tonightFormer First Lady, Laura Bush, will be in the Ozarks today. Mrs. Bush will speak at 7 p.m. at College of the Ozarks Keeter Athletic Complex. Tickets are free, but limited, and on a first come, first serve basis.  Call the school at  (417) 690-2240 to reserve them. (Other coverage: KY3).
  • [Traffic Alert]KSPR: Crews to close Chestnut Expressway this weekend.  Major changes are coming this weekend to Chestnut Expressway at its intersection with U.S. Highway 65. Today, crews will install a permanent concrete median on Chestnut across its intersection with Eastgate Avenue. Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, MoDOT will close Chestnut under U.S. 65 for the weekend to convert the interchange into a diverging diamond. Chestnut Expressway will close at the railroad crossing west of U.S. 65 this weekend as well, and that closure begins at 6 a.m. Saturday. Transportation officials expect to reopen Chestnut Expressway early Monday morning.
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