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That was closePosted Wednesday, December 10, 2008, at 11:13 AM
The forecast for last night included the possibility of rain changing to freezing rain or drizzle. With the ground still warm thanks to the high temperature yesterday of 53°F at the Cape Girardeau Airport, I wasn't expecting much.
We didn't get much frozen stuff, as it turns out, but it was awfully close. The low temperature was 33°F at the airport, and it dipped ever-so-slightly below freezing to the north of town. I spotted a nice glaze of ice on some elevated surfaces, but the ground was just wet.
This is what makes forecasting winter weather so difficult. If the cold air had invaded a few more miles to the south, the temperature would have dropped another degree or two, turning ordinary rain into an icy mess. To update the old saying, Football is a game of inches -- and so is the weather.
The next chance of rain comes Sunday night into Tuesday, but with highs forecasted in the mid-50s, the chance for any white stuff is pretty low.
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