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NWS: Heavy snowfall Wednesday night, Thursday

The National Weather Service is once again calling for snow to hit the Parkland — this time beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday night and continuing until 3 p.m. Thursday — but there’s something that makes this forecast a little different than most of the ones the area has received in recent years.

NWS’s predictions for the amount of snow expected to fall on southeast Missouri keeps increasing rather than decreasing. Of course, as everyone knows who lives in these parts, just like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, when it comes to the weather you never know what you’re going to get.

So, keeping all that in mind, as of Tuesday afternoon, NWS has issued a Winter Storm Watch that runs from Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon for the following counties: St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Iron and Reynolds.

Heavy snow is possible with total snow accumulations of 4-6 inches, with the potential for even higher amounts. The area affected by the watch includes portions of east central and southeast Missouri, as well as south center and southwest Illinois.

NWS weather observers say they are increasingly confident that this will be a significant snowfall event across parts of the area and may end up being similar to the heavy snow event of March 4, 2008.

Model soundings continue to show efficient snowfall processes within the axis of heaviest snowfall. Subfreezing surface temperatures and colder ground temperatures compared to the past few snow events is also expected to increase the amount of snowfall.

In preparation for the storm, NWS is warning motorists to plan on slippery road conditions that could possibly impact the morning or evening commute. For those who have travel plans, it is suggest that travel times be adjusted to avoid the storm. Advanced preparation to make sure vehicles are winterized is also important.

It is also suggested that preparations should be made at home by stocking emergency supplies such as food, medicine and extra heating fuel, just in case the storm makes travel impossible. This is especially important for those living in rural areas.

For the latest updates on NWS storm watches and warnings, go to the Daily Journal website at www.dailyjournalonline.com.

“Heavy snow is possible with total snow accumulations of 4-6 inches, with the potential for even higher amounts.” — National Weather Service

Could this be a glimpse into the future of Thursday's weather in the Parkland? There's been so many watches and warnings posted over the past few years that have resulted in little to nothing in the way of snow, but this time the National Weather Service seems to think this storm is different. It's forecasting that parts of southeast Missouri will see significant snowfall starting Wednesday night and continuing into Thursday afternoon.

Could this be a glimpse into the future of Thursday’s weather in the Parkland? There’s been so many watches and warnings posted over the past few years that have resulted in little to nothing in the way of snow, but this time the National Weather Service seems to think this storm is different. It’s forecasting that parts of southeast Missouri will see significant snowfall starting Wednesday night and continuing into Thursday afternoon.

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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