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Chance of snow on Thursday

Parkland residents are waking up to mostly sunny skies but cold and blustery conditions this morning as the region’s weather takes a more seasonal turn.

A bitter cold weather pattern moving into the area today and continuing through Friday means it’s going to feel like a typically cold January in Missouri with highs not expected to climb out of the mid-20s until Saturday when daytime temperatures hovering around the freezing mark.

Don’t be fooled this morning if the thermometer reads 30 degrees because it’s going to feel much colder. In fact, the National Weather Service is forecasting wind chills in the mid- to high-teens. That means the kids need to be bundled up well for school and a winter jacket will serve as a practical fashion accessory whenever venturing outdoors.

Clouds will be increasing throughout the day as a low pressure clipper system moves into the region, bringing light snow showers across southeast Missouri tonight through Thursday afternoon. NWS is predicting snow accumulations ranging from a light dusting to an inch or so of snow. As of press time Monday night, it appeared that a heavier band of snow could travel through St. Francois County.

In any case, travel during the morning rush hour could see some slick spots and low visibility — so it would be good for motorists to allow themselves extra time on the way to work.

After Thursday’s winter precipitation, the temperatures will still be cold, but there doesn’t appear to be any more on the horizon until at least the middle of next week.

For the latest on winter weather in the Parkland, check out the Daily Journal website at www.dailyjournalonline.com.

Thursday morning's commute may look something like this if the National Weather Service's prediction of a bit of snow in the Parkland proves to be accurate. Whether or not there's much if any white stuff that actually falls and sticks, regional temperatures are still going to be very cold for the next several days.

Thursday morning’s commute may look something like this if the National Weather Service’s prediction of a bit of snow in the Parkland proves to be accurate. Whether or not there’s much if any white stuff that actually falls and sticks, regional temperatures are still going to be very cold for the next several days.

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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