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Mid-Missouri felt 2 seasons in 2 hours

Lake of the Ozarks saw a 28-degree temperature drop in 2 hours.

Thursday's weather pattern went from spring to winter in a matter of hours.

The suspect: a very strong cold front that moved through from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ahead of the cold front, conditions were spring-like with southwesterly winds and temperatures that reached the low 60s.

But as the front swept through, there was a noticeable difference with temperatures and the wind gusts. Northwesterly winds reached up to 30 miles per hour during the passing of the cold front, which was captured live during KRCG 13 Live at Noon in New Bloomfield.

Areas in mid-Missouri experienced a 15-20 degree temperature drop in less than two hours on average. One of the highest drops was at the Lake of the Ozarks, which experienced a 28-degree temperature drop in two hours from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

This was all associated with the weather pattern that brought a Winter Weather Advisory, which expired at 6 p.m. Thursday for Randolph, Howard, Pettis, Chariton, Cooper and Saline counties. The rest of the viewing was under a Winter Weather Advisory until midnight Friday.

Public safety officials encouraged drivers to watch for slick roads and slippery surfaces that were not treated after the temperatures dropped Thursday afternoon.

Gusty northwesterly winds and temperatures well below freezing made for a bitter cold start Friday morning. Temperatures were 40 to 45 degrees colder Friday morning compared to the previoius day.

For the latest road conditions, visit MoDOT's traveler map.

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