Winter Storm "Hendrix" is shaping up to be a monster ice and snow storm -- but not here. On Friday, the computer models projected the storm would bring lots of snow and ice here, but over the weekend the models have pushed the storm far to the north. If this holds, we will be warm enough for liquid rain during most of the storm.
This graphic from coolwx.com shows the storm at its peak tomorrow afternoon. Cape Girardeau is firmly planted in the dark green area (heavy rain), while avoiding the oranges and reds:
However, Cape County is still under a Winter Storm Watch just in case the storm makes a sudden right turn. The Paducah NWS office warns in this morning's forecast discussion that "if the track varies even a little further south or east we could get hit hard."
That's what happened, after all, during the 2008 ice storm. That storm brought quite a surprise. And let's not forget about the infamous Blizzard of '79, where the storm took a dramatic right turn.
Nevertheless, "Hendrix" looks like a non-event for Cape Girardeau, with perhaps the rain changing to light snow at the very end, followed by yet another Arctic blast.
For those of us who don't have to travel to the north, we can sit back and enjoy the crazy weather about to strike the rest of Missouri. Thundersleet and thundersnow are both distinct possibilities for areas to the north.
We'll probably just see BOLTs (Boring Old Liquid Thunderstorms). Not that I'm complaining, of course!