River stage: 25.55 ft. Falling
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Here it comesPosted Tuesday, December 25, 2012, at 2:02 PM
Winter Storm "Rudolph" is about to arrive, and we'll soon know whether this will be a blizzard to remember -- or not.
Blizzard Warnings are in effect for tonight and tomorrow morning, with widespread 6-12 inch totals expected over Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. A forecast graphic from the National Weather Service in Paducah shows 10.7 inches for Cape Girardeau:
The latest Blizzard Warning includes this ominous language:
* SNOWFALL AMOUNTS: ACROSS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND MOST OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS...6 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED. LOCALLY HIGHER
Last night, the computer models did a major flip-flop, suggesting that we would only see a few inches of snow at the most. However, they have flopped back, and the models now seem confident that we will see a major snowstorm with 6+ inches very likely, 10+ inches quite possible, and 12 inches not out of the question. Here is the current projection from the GFS model:
(Note: This model is also counting the 1 or 2 inches of snow that we might get from our next storm system on Friday. Yes, there's already another system on the horizon.)
As I write this (at 2 PM), precipitation is starting to appear on the radar entering the Missouri Bootheel, and winds in Cape Girardeau are starting to get gusty. It's almost here...
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