Yesterday, when the weather service started predicting a "100% chance" of snow, I was getting nervous that the storm might turn out to be another dud. I've had too many memories of past "100%" storms that only delivered a dusting of snow -- if that.
Cape Girardeau received around two inches (well, more like 1.5 inches, but what's a little rounding between friends?). The winner of the snow sweepstakes in Southeast Missouri appears to be Farmington, reporting over 4 inches.
Winter Storm "Akira" started strong, but fizzled during the overnight hours. Snow totals throughout Missouri are less than yesterday's predictions, but this system did something that several earlier weathermakers couldn't do: it turned the ground white for more than 5 minutes.
The temperature could easily drop to zero Friday or Saturday night. The official forecast for Cape calls for a low of 1°F Friday night. On the bright side, at least we're not in Spencer, Iowa, where the low tonight (-18°F) will be an improvement over the -30°F they enjoyed last Saturday.
We might, maybe, possibly, perhaps see temperatures rise above freezing on Monday. Don't get too exciting about this heat wave, though, as temperatures are projected to remain below 40°F through the next 7 days.