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Snow in the Parkland?

For those hoping that April would bring a not-so-fond farewell to winter weather for the year, the National Weather Service’s (NWS) weekend forecast for the Parkland sounds like it might be a disappointment.

As of Thursday, St. Francois and surrounding counties were being warned of possible approaching hazardous weather that could adversely affect driving conditions throughout the region this evening.

Newer models are indicating that the Parkland is more likely to see rain than snow two weeks after the first day of spring.

According to NWS, there is a chance of snowfall that could fall in portions of southeast Missouri beginning this afternoon and continuing into tonight with a total of 1 to 3 inches accumulation possible. Some light freezing rain may mix in with the snow late Friday night, bringing with it a chance of slippery sidewalks and roads.

NWS is also forecasting that southeast Missouri is likely to see a wintery mix of precipitation and possibly a little bit of accumulating snow, as well.

Of course, the usual disclaimer applies in this instance as it does all others. Missouri weather can turn on a dime and forecasts of accumulating snow often result in nothing more than a few flakes falling on the front lawn, if that.

Keeping all that in mind, here’s the official NWS forecast for St. Francois County today through Sunday:

Today will see a 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4 p.m. Conditions will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Rain will continue into the evening hours, then a mix of rain and snow between 10 and 11 p.m. The wintry mix is expected to change over to all snow after 11 p.m. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent and new snow accumulation of 1-3 inches is possible.

Note also that with a low tonight of 26 degrees, a north wind of around 14 mph and gusts as high as 26 mph, it’s going to feel mighty cold outside. Travelers should bundle up and carry a couple of blankets in the trunk just in case.

Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 42 and a brisk north wind of 8-11 mph. With lows dropping into the mid-20s in the evening, expect to see widespread frost through 8 a.m. the next morning.

Sunday will bring with it a slight chance of snow before noon and then a slight chance of rain. Conditions will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 45 and a 20 percent chance of precipitation.

Looking ahead, expect highs in the mid-50s to low-60s this next week under mostly sunny skies.

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

Will southeast Missouri see enough snow this weekend to require the use of snow plows? It's possible but not likely even though the National Weather Service was originally forecasting 1-3 inches of accumulation tonight. Once again Missouri weather proves itself to be unpredictable. Keep a check on the Daily Journal website for the latest watches and warnings at www.dailyjournalonline.com.

Will southeast Missouri see enough snow this weekend to require the use of snow plows? It’s possible but not likely even though the National Weather Service was originally forecasting 1-3 inches of accumulation tonight. Once again Missouri weather proves itself to be unpredictable. Keep a check on the Daily Journal website for the latest watches and warnings 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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