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Warm air will keep snow away today

A batch of warm air today is expected to keep the next round of winter precipitation at bay. According to the National Weather Service, precipitation is in the forecast for late this afternoon into the overnight hours. However, temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 30s keeping precipitation in the form of rain.

“It’s going to be too warm to snow on Thursday,” Jim Siezking, a meteorologist with the National Weather in St. Louis, said on Wednesday. “The majority of the precipitation in the first part of the storm will be rain. There is a lot of warm air associated with this first push. The back side will bring in colder air.”

He said there is a better chance for snow on Friday with the second half of the storm.

“We could see some minor accumulation totals of up to an inch in St. Francois County,” Siezking said. “The further north you go the more snow there will be. Most of the snow will be north of I-70.”

Siezking said the rest of the weekend is expected to be dry, but cold. Daytime temperature highs will climb into the 30s with overnight lows in the teens.

“Last weekend we had accumulation totals of seven inches of snow for Farmington,” Siezking said. “I believe as a whole St. Francois County received 4 to 7 inches of snow.”

Chris Cline is a reporter for the Daily Journal. Contact him at 573-431-2010, ext. 114 or at

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