Snow, sleet possible tonight

The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance of light snow, along with a chance of sleet or freezing rain, moving through the region tonight into early Wednesday morning. As of Monday night, it appeared this will be more of a light snow event with accumulations of less than an inch expected.

The Parkland will be experiencing some winter weather tonight into Wednesday morning. The question at this point is how much precipitation there will be and in what form it will fall.

In recent days the National Weather Service (NWS) has forecast a combination of sleet, freezing rain and snow beginning in the region at about 5 p.m. Tuesday and continuing into the overnight hours before moving out of the area sometime early Wednesday morning.

Here’s the official NWS forecast tonight into Wednesday morning:

“A 20 percent chance of snow after 5 p.m. Conditions will be cloudy with a high near 33 and a north wind of 6-9 mph. As the evening continues, freezing rain is likely, possibly mixed with snow and becoming all freezing after midnight. With a low around 22, new ice accumulation of a tenth-of-an-inch is possible. New snow accumulation of around an inch or less is expected.”

As of Monday night, however, weather models indicated that the Parkland will most likely receive some light snow with little to no freezing rain or sleet expected to fall. The one place where the NWS forecast and the weather model seem to agree is that snow accumulations in the region are expected to be about an inch or less.

Depending on how much precipitation falls and how much of it falls in the form of ice — if any — will obviously have a significant effect on road conditions when motorists start heading to work and kids to school Wednesday morning.

Not to sound like a broken record, but as everybody knows, Missouri weather is highly unpredictable and what parts of southeast Missouri end up receiving snow, sleet or freezing rain can change quickly.

For the latest NWS outlooks, watches and warnings, check out the Daily Journal website at www.dailyjournalonline.com.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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