After Tuesday's 10" snow dump at Lambert International Airport, I was hoping for at least a bit of a break from the active winter weather pattern...
But it just wasn't meant to be.
By the time you woke up this morning (Thursday morning), a winter storm watch had already been posted for Reynolds and Iron counties in Missouri. Those are the two southern-most counties in the News4 viewing area, and home to the towns of Centerville, Ironton, Viburnum, Annapolis, and Ellington.
Why just these two counties? Based on the current forecast track of our approaching winter storm, it appears as though the majority of the snow will fall JUST to the south and east of St. Louis. This one is going to be a very close shave for the metropolitan area!
Our current forecast calls for little or no accumulation from the city of St. Louis to the north and west. However, to the south and east, accumulations will ramp up quickly. We're currently thinking 1 or 2 inches along a line from Vandalia to Belleville, IL, back toward Festus and Potosi, MO. Farther south, look for 2 to 4 inches from Salem and Nashville, IL, into Farmington, MO. Even farther south and southeast, a 4 to 6 inch swath of snow is not out of the question.
What about the timing? Most of this snow will come down between 5:00 AM and 3:00 PM Friday, although light flurries may linger as late as Saturday morning.
So, as of now, it appears as though this storm will not be a major snow-maker for the St. Louis area, but a small shift in the track of this storm could mean major changes to the forecast. A slide of only 50 miles north or south could mean the difference between 5 inches of snow and no snow at all in the metropolitan area.
Check back frequently with News4 and KMOV.com for later updates on your Friday chance of snow.