Sunny skies in the lake area on Tuesday are forecasted to turn gray by Thursday.

Sunny skies in the lake area on Tuesday are forecasted to turn gray by Thursday.

A wide swath of the Midwest is under a winter storm watch mid-week by the National Weather Service. A winter storm watch means potential for significant accumulations of winter precipitation that may impact travel.

Predicted icy conditions in the Ozarks could also mean electrical outages.

In lake area counties Morgan, Camden and Miller, the watch will be in effect from Wednesday night into Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Springfield is predicting a wintry mix of precipitation to develop across the Missouri Ozarks overnight Feb. 20 that will continue through late afternoon Feb. 21. Light accumulations of snow and sleet could occur during the overnight hours from Wednesday to Thursday before then transitioning to freezing rain Thursday morning.

A considerable amount of icing will be possible, but exact amounts are uncertain at this time.

Winds gusts with the winter storm are expected to reach over 20 mph.

The National Weather Service predicts that the winter weather could begin impacting travel in the lake area as early as late Wednesday night with travel conditions continuing to deteriorate Thursday morning. Icing may occur on roads Thursday if surface temperatures remain well below freezing.

The freezing rain expected on Thursday is also predicted to accumulate on elevated objects which could result in damage to trees and power lines if heavy icing occurs.

Potential electrical outages

Co-Mo Electric Cooperative is reminding members to be prepared for emergencies during winter weather as staff readies to take on any issues from the potential icing heading towards its service territory.

A Tuesday morning update from the National Weather Service said that the greater Co-Mo service territory could expect around 6 inches of snow, with two-tenths of an inch of ice hitting before the snow. The ice plus high winds in the 15 to 20 mph range with gusts up to 30 put the cooperative’s poles and lines at risk.

The cooperative maintains and consistently updates an emergency preparedness plan, and employees will be on duty 24 hours a day in the event of a major outage. Co-Mo maintains an aggressive right-of-way clearance program, decreasing the number of trees that could threaten the lines if they become weighed down with ice, according to a press release from the cooperative.

Co-Mo also has emergency preparedness information available for its members at and will update its membership in the event of widespread major outages at and, as well as at

“If you lose power, you can still get information from those sources via mobile devices and by calling relatives who can check those sources,” said the cooperative’s CEO and General Manager, Ken Johnson. “And if the situation warrants, we also would update our membership via local radio.”

Those stations include 95.1 FM, 1150 AM and 1420 AM.

Co-Mo also benefits from “Cooperation Among Cooperatives," in which cooperative can call on others outside its area in cases of emergencies.

Last year, Co-Mo sent linemen to Louisiana after storms knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents.