A storm system that moved into southeast Missouri Thursday night brought just a tiny mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to portions of the Parkland — but there was certainly no winter wonderland.
Local schools anticipating more widespread winter precipitation had already announced Thursday night they were going to be closed on Friday.
While there had been several forecasts earlier in the week calling for the possibility of an inch or two of snow, as time went by, the National Weather Service (NWS) indicated that the area of heaviest snowfall would likely be confined to a narrow band somewhere to the east of the Parkland — closer to Cape Girardeau and western Kentucky than here.
The NWS was right on the money about that. While Cape Girardeau and Paducah received an inch or two of snow, the Parkland didn’t see enough of the white stuff to roll up a marble-sized snowball, much less a snowman. For the most part, St. Francois County received no accumulation and Fredericktown received just a dusting of snow.
What the area got instead was a strong burst of frigid air that saw temperatures drop all the way from the 60s on Thursday afternoon to the mid- to upper-teens by Friday morning. On top of that, gusty winds made it all feel much colder than it actually was, convincing more than a few folks to stay cozy and warm indoors.
Even with the storm system moving out of the area, temperatures will remain extremely cold for the rest of the week. Saturday and Sunday will see highs in the 20s and lows ranging from 9 to 21 degrees. A weak weather system will move into the area at the end of the weekend, which will bring a good chance for snow showers, but accumulations are expected to stay below an inch.
The coldest day of the week will most certainly be on Tuesday when the high is expected to hit no more than 16 degrees, with a low of 3.
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