- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
Update: Blizzard warning, 'no-travel' advisory in effect for Southeast Missouri
Update, Wednesday early morning
Special weather statement from the National Weather Service, 11:55 p.m.
WIDESPREAD SNOW AND SLEET WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND MOVE NORTH ACROSS THE QUAD STATE REGION THROUGH 2 AM. SOME LOCATIONS WILL ALSO HEAR SOME THUNDER...AND THESE AREAS WILL SEE INCREASED ACCUMULATIONS OF SLEET AND SNOW. THE INCREASING COVERAGE AND INTENSITY WILL LEAD TO QUICKLY DETERIORATING ROAD CONDITIONS...AND COMBINED WITH WINDS GUSTING TO 35 TO 45 MPH...DRIVING WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION.IF TRAVELING...AND CONSIDER CHANGING YOUR TRAVEL PLANS.
Update, Christmas night
From the National Weather Service:
A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST WEDNESDAY.
* SNOWFALL AMOUNTS: ACROSS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND MOST OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS...6 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE IN SMALL BANDS OF INTENSE SNOWFALL.
* WINDS: WINDS TONIGHT WILL INCREASE TO AROUND 25 MPH...WITH
FREQUENT GUSTS FROM 35 TO 45 MPH. THESE STRONG WINDS WILL
PERSIST THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE COMBINATION OF THESE
GUSTY WINDS AND THE FALLING SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE
VISIBILITIES TO NEAR ZERO AT TIMES.
* TIMING: SNOW WILL GRADUALLY SPREAD NORTH AND EAST OVER THE
REGION THROUGH THE EVENING...LIKELY STARTING AS A MIX OF RAIN
AND SNOW. THE HEAVIEST SNOW AND STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO
OCCUR BETWEEN 10 PM THIS EVENING AND 6 AM WEDNESDAY. WEATHER
CONDITIONS WILL IMPROVE BETWEEN 6 AM AND NOON ON WEDNESDAY.
ROADWAYS WILL TAKE LONGER TO IMPROVE.
* IMPACTS: BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED. EXPECT TRAVEL TO
BECOME VERY DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW
COULD MAKE ROADS IMPASSABLE THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY WEDNESDAY. WHITEOUT CONDITIONS MAY CREATE A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION FOR THOSE VENTURING OUTDOORS. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW MAY CONTINUE NTO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
* OTHER IMPACTS: THE HEAVY WET SNOW AND STRONG WINDS MAY BRING
DOWN SOME TREES AND POWER LINES. IN ADDITION...SHOVELING
HEAVY WET SNOW HAS CAUSED HEART ATTACKS...BACK PROBLEMS...AND
OTHER ISSUES IN PAST WINTER STORMS.
A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITY LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF
YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET
STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.
Update, Christmas evening
From the National Weather Service:
A LARGE AREA OF LIGHT SNOW MIXED WITH LIGHT RAIN AND SLEET WILL
CONTINUE TO MOVE NORTH ACROSS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI THIS EVENING. BY
730 PM...THE LEADING EDGE OF THE PRECIPITATION WILL REACH A LINE
FROM ALLIANCE...TO MARBLE HILL...TO CAPE GIRARDEAU. THE
PRECIPITATION WILL GRADUALLY BECOME ALL SNOW THROUGH THE EVENING
AS NORTHEAST WINDS INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH.
Update, Christmas late afternoon
With hazardous winter weather approaching, Cape Girardeau officials are encouraging everyone to stay home this evening. The National Weather Service is predicting a winter mix beginning at 7 p.m. Blizzard-like conditions are possible at 9 p.m. Road crews are on stand-by to clear roads as quickly as possible.
Update, Christmas Day afternoon
Because of predicted blizzard conditions in Southeast Missouri during the evening and overnight hours, the Missouri Department of Transportation advises motorists to avoid travel in this area of the state. The advisory remains in effect until conditions improve and maintenance crews are able to treat and plow Southeast Missouri roadways.
"The storm will most likely affect the southeast corner of Missouri and we anticipate sustained strong winds and heavy snowfall," said Beth Wright, state maintenance engineer. "This storm could create whiteout conditions, which will make travel hazardous and clearing roads extremely difficult."
Motorists should be advised that travel during this type of storm is very dangerous. Should you attempt to travel, bring your mobile phone and winter-survival supplies.
If you do become stranded:
* Stay with your vehicle
* Call 911, but aware that emergency responders may have difficulty reaching you.
Update, Christmas Day
According to a revised forecast from the National Weather Service released Tuesday afternoon, about six to 12 inches of snow is expected across Southeast Missouri and most of Southern Illinois. Locally higher amounts are possible in small bands of intense snowfall. A blizzard warning remains in effect from 6 p.m. this evening to noon Wednesday. The heaviest snow and strongest winds are expected to occur between 10 p.m. this evening and 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Heavy wet snow and strong winds may bring down some trees and power lines, according to the National Weather Service.
Update, Christmas Morning
The National Weather Service has upgraded the blizzard watch to a blizzard warning for Southeast Missouri. The warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday to noon Wednesday. According to the latest forecast, about 4 to 8 inches of snow is expected over Southeast Missouri, combining with high winds to cause poor visibility.
Update, Monday afternoon
The National Weather Service on Monday upgraded the winter storm watch to a blizzard watch for Southeast Missouri, in effect Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. A combination of up to about a foot of snow and winds gusting at 35 to 45 mph late Tuesday and early Wednesday will create low-visibility conditions around the area. The heaviest snow and strongest winds are expected between 8 p.m. Tuesday night and midnight.
Update, Monday morning
As of early Monday morning, the National Weather Service updated its forecast to say about 10 to 15 inches of snow was possible in parts of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois.
Snow is expected to start early Tuesday night and end Wednesday, with north winds of 20 to 30 mph accompanying the snow, creating possible whiteout conditions.
Although a bit late, Southeast Missouri may have a white Christmas if forecasts for heavy snow late Tuesday and into Wednesday bring the amount expected.
A winter storm watch was issued Sunday afternoon for Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois by the National Weather Service. The watch takes effect Tuesday evening and extends into Wednesday morning.
More than six inches of snow could fall during that time, and will combine with winds of up to 30 miles per hour, which could cause blizzard conditions, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters are warning motorists to use extra caution.
For Cape Girardeau, the National Weather Service is forecasting an 80 percent chance of snow Wednesday, but there is a chance the low pressure system that will create the winter storm will shift track, meaning some areas could receive only rain. The National Weather Service's forecast high temperature for Tuesday in Cape Girardeau is 31 degrees, and temperatures are expected to fall into the teens early Wednesday.
Snow that could accumulate during the storm could mark the most significant amount received in the area this year. The winter of 2011-2012 was one of the warmest on record. Cape Girardeau last received about 1 inch of snow Feb. 13, according to the website Weather Underground.
Cape Girardeau, Mo.