Predicting the future is no easy task but, let's face it, that's basically the duty of a meteorologist. When we create our forecasts, we do so with the understanding that a small change in the short-term weather could result in larger misses down the road in our extended forecast. We saw evidence of that over the weekend.
If you were watching our forecasts late last week to get a sense for your weekend weather, you probably noticed that we were calling for a slim chance snow, mainly to the south of St. Louis, late Saturday night and early Sunday. We were looking for minor accumulations, followed by a pleasant warm-up Sunday afternoon. Accumulations turned out to be more than minor in a few spots, with nearly 3 inches coming down around Ironton and Potosi, MO, south of St. Louis. Thanks to our friends at the local National Weather Service office, here is a look at total accumulations across our area.
Now, from the small change to the larger change that resulted...
Warmer winds out of the south and southwest did finally kick in Sunday afternoon and evening, but by that time, those winds were blowing over the freshly accumulated snow before arriving in metropolitan St. Louis. That held temperatures in the 30s through the afternoon -- so much for our warmer Sunday forecast!
By the way, another storm system will likely bring rain back into our area this (Monday) afternoon, with the possibility of snow overnight tonight and into Tuesday morning. Stay with KMOV.com and News4 for later forecast updates.