Jackson leads area in snowfall

Friday, February 1, 2008

Jackson wins the snow bowl.

Measurements from National Weather Service weather spotters reported 3 to 4 inches of snowfall in 24 hours over the Southeast Missouri area, but Jackson called in with 5 inches on the ground.

Today's temperatures are forecast to stay below freezing. The snow should stick around today, but only in the yards, said Dave Purdy, meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky.

"Whatever was on the roads is probably worn off by traffic," Purdy said.

Jackson reported 5 inches. Marble Hill, Mo., had 3.5 inches of snowfall this morning. Zalma, Mo., got 3.9; and Purdy estimated 4 to 5 inches at the airport in Cape Girardeau, but said he couldn't be exact because it was an automated measurement. St. Louis reported 8 inches.

"Snowfall is one of the most unreported weather factors that there is," he said.

Most people don't pay attention unless the weather gets bad, and getting up at 6 a.m. to measure and report the conditions is a strenuous commitment, Purdy said.

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