Like a bad houseguest, Winter Storm "Apu" has overstayed his welcome but refuses to leave.
The temperature has been holding steady just below freezing at 29-30°F for the last 24 hours or so at Cape Girardeau. It's not clear when the mercury will finally climb above freezing, but it may not happen until this afternoon or evening. In the meantime, more precipitation has appeared on the radar and might reach the area while the ground is still frozen.
Probably not a big deal, but "Apu" has been quite a sneaky character, so who knows.
Update 10:05 AM: A Freezing Rain Advisory has now been extended through 6 PM for Cape Girardeau County. "Some light icing can be expected," the advisory states, and could "create black ice conditions over most of the area."
At least this isn't Rapid City
The temperature is holding steady now, but the last couple weeks have brought a roller-coaster ride in temperatures, with additional warmups and cooldowns expected this weekend and next week. As the old saying goes, if you don't like the weather now... just wait a few minutes.
It could be worse, though. Rapid City, South Dakota, is the home of rapid weather changes thanks to the peculiar topography of the Black Hills.
In the span of two hours on Jan. 10, 1911, the temperature in Rapid City went from 49°F at 6 AM down to -13°F at 8 AM -- an insane drop of 62 degrees.
Meanwhile, the town of Loma, Montana, reportedly holds the world record for changes during a 24 hour period: an increase in temperature from -54°F to 49°F on Jan. 15, 1972.
As bad as things might seem in Missouri, it's nothing compared to what is possible out West.