Tuesday night could get messy

The Parkland enjoys a light dusting of snow Sunday afternoon in preparation for a stronger storm the National Weather Service is forecasting to arrive Tuesday. Expect rain during the day, turning to a combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain before the system clears out Wednesday morning.

While the Parkland received only a dusting of snow Sunday afternoon, that may be just a small taste of what Mother Nature has in store for the region Tuesday afternoon into the overnight evening.

Although the wintry precipitation that closed out Super Bowl weekend brought no more than a tenth-of-an-inch of snow to St. Francois County, the National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a chance for snow, sleet and freezing rain that could make a mess of things for motorists heading to work early Wednesday morning.

Today will be cold, but dry. The Parkland will see increasing clouds with a high near 36 and light, variable winds becoming south 6-11 mph in the morning. This evening will be mostly cloudy with a low around 24 and a south wind of 5-9 mph.

But Tuesday brings a high of around 38 degrees and a 40 percent chance of rain before 4 p.m., followed by a mixture of rain and snow, and then all snow. As the evening progresses, the area could see a mixture of snow and freezing rain, possibly mixed with sleet before 1 a.m.

Freezing rain mixed with snow is likely after 2 a.m. New ice accumulation of less than a tenth-of-an-inch is possible, as well as snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent with a low of 24.

Wednesday's temperature will reach near 35 under partly sunny skies. Expect clear skies during the evening hours and a bone-chilling low of 15.

For the latest update on 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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