Update 4/4/14 8:13 a.m.: (AP) As a second wave of violent weather rolled through eastern Missouri, it brought scattered reports of tornado sightings. The public reported a tornado shortly after 7 last night near the town of Washington, Missouri, but Franklin County emergency management director Abraham Cook says there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. A tornado touched down briefly around 5:30 yesterday morning in the St. Louis suburb of University City.
Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr wants the city to distribute weather radios to all Joplin homes that don't already have one. Rohr says a survey indicated 58 percent of Joplin homes don't have a weather radio, meaning the city would have to distribute about 11 thousand radios at a cost of more than 300 thousand dollars.
The Joplin Globe reports the state denied the city's application for money to fund the project. The American Red Cross donated 50 thousand dollars and Rohr says he will ask the Joplin Tornado First Response fund for an additional 250 thousand dollars.
A winter-weather advisory remains in effect until 6:00 this evening for much of the region, with moderate to light snow continuing to fall throughout the day. Snow, blowing snow and sleet may cause difficult conditions for drivers.