Daily brief (12/6): Top picks from the Springfield media

Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Wind chill values as low as 38 early.bkn

Tonight, mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.

Clouds should thicken a bit tonight, allowing us to start Friday morning in the 40s.

Friday will be a 20 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 58. Wind chill values as low as 45 early.

A cold front will move into the area on Friday but not really make much progress.  Moisture will be increasing so clouds will thicken and may hold highs down just slightly.  Still, the chance of rain looks quite small overall as lift remains week.

This front will move slightly south for Saturday, and its position will have a big influence on our highs.  Right now it looks as though much of at least southern and central Missouri will be on the cold side of the front, with highs in the lower 50s.   A few showers are possible on Saturday but once again I don’t expect any widespread rain.

By Sunday the main upper wave will approach and with it our chance of rain will increase.  What was once looking like a widespread and potentially heavy rain doesn’t look as good now, as upper energy doesn’t look to phase as earlier model runs were showing.

This will mean more scattered showers and a few storms.  It also means the chance of seeing snow is low as well.

Cold air will certainly be making an appearance for Monday, but by this time moisture will have been swept east of the area.  A few flurries are possible but this doesn’t look to be an accumulating event.  Highs will be in the 30s on Monday with an active jet stream continuing to keep us chilly (relative to recent days) with a storm system every several days.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Hometown hero: City servant keeps sewer system in check. One Springfield man makes sure our sewers stay in working order every day. Carl Shaw with the Springfield Clean Water Service makes our “business” his focus. For nearly 20 years, Carl has worked his way up the department, starting as a temp for the City of Springfield in 1993. Now as maintenance supervisor, Carl heads up several crews responsible for maintaining the city’s 1,200 miles of sanitary sewer and 28,000 manholes — even performing some emergency rescues along the way. It’s Carl’s dedication to the underground work his supervisors say makes him stand out.
  • [politics]OzarksFirst: Gov. Nixon visits Afghanistan. Governor Nixon spent Wednesday visiting Missouri troops in Afghanistan.  Nixon met with several Missouri National Guard units. Nixon says it’s always an inspiring trip. “The bottom line is that every time I’m here, I’m inspired by the 24-7, get it done attitude and am confident that Missourians are not hesitating to assist when called on, and quite frankly, lead here in this difficult theater.” Nixon spent about 36 hours in the combat theater. This is Nixon’s third trip to Afghanistan as governor. While in Afghanistan, he visited the 1138th National Guard battalion based in Farmington. They are charged with keeping local roads free of improvised explosive devices.  Nixon says don’t look for the Missouri guard presence to end anytime soon. (Other coverage: KSPR, KY3).
  • OzarksFirst: Mercy prepares to open new NICU unit. More help for tiny patients and their families visiting Mercy Hospital in Springfield. The hospital is opening the first part of its new neo-natal intensive care unit. The new unit includes individual family rooms which will mean quieter space. Before all the babies were cared for in one large room. The new unit is named for Betty and Bobby Allison.

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