A MEADOWLARK takes a break from filling up on bird seed in Bob Anderson's rural West Plains yard after recent snowfall. Anderson observed the brightly-plumed bird sat in the snow for a long time, prompting the hobby photographer to remark it "had to be cold." The bird's fluffy appearance comes from its feathers, which insulate and trap air warmed by its body heat to help the bird stay warm, according to Missouri Department of Conservation ornithologist Sarah Kendrick. That protective measure, plus staying active -- and eating plenty of extra food to keep their energy up -- helps birds survive harsh winters. Judging by the National Weather Service forecast, though, this meadowlark won't have to stay puffed up much longer: Saturday's high temperature is expected to be near 38 degrees, and Sunday's, 40. By Tuesday, some may be tempted to put their down coats away with the high potentially in the upper 50s.

The West Plains Daily Quill office is open until 3 p.m. today, with partial staffing due to road conditions.

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With West Plains grappling with heavy snowfall and extreme cold temperatures, West Plains city officials remind residents of additional options when it comes to staying warm this week.

Today, the West Plains Civic Center (110 St. Louis Street), the West Plains Public Library (750 West Broadway), and the Jimmie Carroll Sports Complex (corner of Olden and Howell Avenue) will all be open during the day, and in the evenings First Baptist Church will continue to remain open as a warming station.


West Plains R-7 schools are not in session today, and virtual learning will not take place.

The high school girls basketball game vs. Camdenton that was to have been played Tuesday has been rescheduled for Saturday at Camdenton, weather permitting. Freshmen will begin at noon.

The Mid-Winter game and ceremony scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed to Saturday, also as weather permits. Freshmen will start at noon. The Mid-Winter ceremony will be between JV and Varsity games. Location is to be determined.

Thursday's home boys basketball game vs. Kickapoo has been rescheduled for Feb. 26. Location is to be determined.

The meeting for sophomores interested in participating in the Early Degree Program next school year scheduled for this evening has been postponed. A new date is to be determined. 


Due to continued poor road conditions, some Ozarks Healthcare locations are closed, will delay opening or will close early today.

Ozarks Healthcare Alton Clinic, Zizzer Clinic and Rheumatology Clinic and Ozarks Healthcare Thrift Store remain closed today.

Ozarks Healthcare Neurology will open at 9 a.m. and will close at 3:30 p.m.

Ozarks Healthcare Orthopedics and Spine will open at 9 a.m. and will close at 4 p.m.

Ozarks Healthcare Podiatry will open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.

Ozarks Healthcare Pediatrics will close at noon.

The Ozarks Healthcare Emergency Department remains open 24/7. All other locations, including the Ozarks Healthcare West Plains Walk-In Clinic and Mountain Grove Walk-In Clinic are open today during regular business hours.

Updates regarding area closures will be added as notices are received.

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