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Snow, ice possible in Parkland

For the first time since last winter, the National Weather Service is warning Parkland residents that a chance for measurable snow and ice is moving through the southeastern part of the state Monday.

A Winter Weather Advisory issued Sunday afternoon is calling for the possibility of some mixed precipitation that is expected affect the southeast Missouri counties of St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Washington, Madison, Iron, Jefferson and Reynolds between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Snow is expected to develop initially but is then anticipated to mix or change to light freezing rain before ending Monday evening. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches and ice accumulations of up to a tenth-of-an-inch of ice is expected.

According to NWS, by Monday morning a strong upper level shortwave over the Texas Panhandle will lift northeastward through the forecast area during the day, with increasing chances of snow mainly along and south of Interstate 70. Between one and two inches of snow will be seen in the area with lesser amounts to the north.

By late in the afternoon, a loss of ice crystals aloft over portions of southeast Missouri and southwestern Illinois could bring light freezing rain mixed in with the snow that will continue into the early evening hours. Because of this, the Missouri Department of Transportation is cautioning motorists that they can plan on encountering slippery road conditions, especially during their morning and evening commutes.

“There is always the potential for more accidents during the first winter weather event of the season, because drivers haven’t experienced those conditions for several months,” said MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth. “Please slow down and allow extra time for travel. To increase your safety while traveling in your vehicle, wear your seat belt and don’t drive distracted; buckle up and put your cellphone down; and don’t pass a snow plow and stay back six car lengths.”

Finally, Allmeroth advised that motorists who have car troubles or are involved in a crash should remain in their vehicle for their own safety. To check road conditions, go to MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/. The map is also available as a free app for Apple and Android devices.

Looking ahead, NWS is expecting the next potential for winter precipitation to arrive in the late Wednesday night through Thursday night timeframe. It’s unlikely, however, that the region will see any accumulating snowfall from the system, so forecasters are leaning more toward a rain/snow mix for later in the week.

Here’s the detailed NWS forecast for the Parkland today through Thursday night:

Monday will bring times of rain and snow before 2 p.m. and then snow between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. when the snow may possibly be mixed with freezing rain. Today’s high will be around 36 degrees with a north wind of 6-11 mph. The chance of precipitation during the daylight hours is 90 percent, but little or no ice accumulation is expected. A snow accumulation of about an inch is possible.

Monday evening will likely see freezing rain, possibly mixed with snow before 7 p.m., then a chance of freezing rain between 7 p.m. and midnight. Conditions will be cloudy with a low around 22 and a north wind around 11 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent with new ice accumulation of less than a hundredth-of-an-inch possible. Little or no additional snow accumulation is expected.

Tuesday will be partly sunny to sunny, with a high near 31 and north winds from 7-11 mph. The overnight hours will be bone-chilling with a low of around 15 and a north wind of 3-6 mph.

Wednesday will begin with sunny skies and a high near 38, but by the evening the area will see a 40 percent chance of snow after midnight, under partly cloudy skies and a low around 27. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

The forecast for Thursday includes a chance of snow before 11 a.m., followed by a chance of rain and snow between 11 a.m. and noon. Afternoon precipitation should be in the form of rain. Conditions will be partly sunny with a high near 40. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

There will continue to be a chance for rain and snow before 9 p.m., followed by a chance of snow between 9 p.m. and midnight. Look for a low of around 27 and a 30 percent for precipitation.

As of now, the forecast for the remainder of the week appears to be dry but chilly with highs in the lower to upper 40s and lows in the low 20s to low 30s.

For the latest NWS hazardous weather outlooks, watches and warnings, go to the Daily Journal website at www.dailyjournalonline.com.

“Please slow down and allow extra time for travel.” —Becky Allmeroth, MoDOT state maintenance engineer

While today's forecast of snow and ice by the National Weather Service won't be anything major, roads could get a little bit slippery during morning and evening commutes. Skies will clear on Tuesday.

While today’s forecast of snow and ice by the National Weather Service won’t be anything major, roads could get a little bit slippery during morning and evening commutes. Skies will clear on Tuesday.

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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