The folks at AccuWeather.com have been hyping a big snowstorm expected to roll through the Midwest and Northeast this weekend. They seem to have settled on the term "Monster Storm" instead of the usual "Snowpocalypse" or "Blizzardgeddon", although it could be upgraded in short order.
So will Winter Storm "AC/DC" bring any snow to Cape Girardeau? Most likely yes, but don't get too excited. I'd be surprised if we got more than an inch or two.
The current Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service states, in their usual vague fashion, "SOME ACCUMULATION OF SNOW CANNOT BE RULED OUT OVER PORTIONS OF THE REGION LATER SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY... ESPECIALLY NORTHWEST OF THE OHIO RIVER."
Currently, the computer models are projecting that the storm's surface low track will pass through the Missouri Bootheel. This kind of scenario gives us rain (maybe even thunderstorms) during the day Saturday, with some snow Saturday night after a cold front blows through. As is often the case, just as soon as the temperature drops below freezing, the good moisture moves away, leaving us with just snow showers and flurries.
However, if the low tracks farther south, then we could see more snow. It's also quite possible that the system could go to the north, which would leave us with all liquid rain except maybe for flurries on Sunday.
After the front, temperatures are expected to be ridiculously cold starting Sunday and lasting through next week. We should see low temperatures in the lower teens Monday night -- and that number could easily drop toward zero if we get any snow accumulation.
Jeff Masters at Wunderground.com is warning that the cold snap could be record-setting for portions of the East Coast and Deep South. His blog includes a crazy graphic showing that even South Florida could see temperatures drop below freezing early Tuesday morning.
Considering that winter doesn't officially start until Dec. 21, I hate to imagine what the weather will be like when winter actually does arrive.