Daily brief (11/21): Top picks from the Springfield media

Dense fog has formed this morning, particularly over eastern Missouri and into Illinois.  Visibility from Rolla to St. Louis is near zero, so travelers beware early this morning.  Wind chill value 39 degrees early. Once this fog burns away sunshine will be abundant and temperatures will rocket to 68 degrees.

Tonight will be mostly clear and a low around 44. The wind will pick up a bit.

Thanksgiving day will bring more warmth, but rain may develop by late morning or early afternoon over areas northwest of Springfield.  A cold front will move in by late afternoon and the threat of rain will increase from north to south. The morning will begin with a wind chill value of 40. Partly cloudy day with a high near 67 and a low around 38.

A front will be through the area by about midnight, with falling temperatures and a gusty north wind behind it. Black Friday shoppers need to be prepared for a much different feel to the air as temperatures will be dropping steadily from about 8 pm until Friday morning.

A gusty wind will bring much colder air in for Friday with highs in the upper 40s and low 50s. The weekend will be cool (though a little better on Sunday) with another chance of rain by Monday into early Tuesday.

Today’s picks

  • KSPR: Victory Mission helps serve Thanksgiving to Ozarks homeless and hungry. Springfield’s homeless and hungry will be getting help from the Victory Mission this week.Volunteers will be serving food at the Mission’s Cook’s Kettle restaurant Wednesday and Thursday. The restaurant is in the 200 block of West. A banquet featuring turkey and all the trimmings is scheduled for Wednesday night at 6.Brunch starts Thursday morning at 9.For more information and to donate, go to the Vicory Mission’s website.
  • OzarksFirst: Blaec Lammers’ mother speaks about son’s arrest. he mother of the man accused of a shooting plot at a Bolivar movie theater opens up about what happened. On Tuesday, Tricia Lammers and her daughter Kristyn met members of the local media at the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) in Springfield. Police say Blaec Lammers admitted to planning and buying weapons for the attack. Investigators credit Lammers’ mother Trisha with tipping them off. (Other coverage: KSPR, KY3
  • KY3: Crowds light thus far, but heavy travel expected throughout day before Thanksgiving. Here in the Ozarks, travelers are encouraged to be prepared for heavy traffic both on the roads and at airports. Millions of holiday travelers will be flocking to their Thanksgiving destination today. Here in the Ozarks, travelers are encouraged to be prepared for heavy traffic both on the roads and at airports. At Springfield National Airport, travel is down just a little bit from last year, mostly because the price of jet fuel is higher than this time last year. Airlines have also been cutting the number of seats on some flights because of the price of fuel and the recession in general. But officials say that means consumers will notice that not only are flights going to be more expensive, but they’ll also be a little more crowded too.  Most flights are at 85 percent capacity and up.  And a lot of those fliers are first time fliers, so navigating long lines with inexperienced fliers means you might need to give yourself a little more time to board that plane. Also, mailing some of your luggage to your destination and having it meet you there will also save you on some of those carry-on costs, which are constantly changing.
    You might want to check and see what kind of carry-on your airline will allow before boarding your flight.
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