Warming trend expected across area in next few days Winter's wr

Saturday, January 19, 2002

The wintry weather that swept the region this week may be short-lived.

The National Weather Service says temperatures today will be only in the 30s, but they'll climb into the 40s Sunday and reach 50 early next week as the unusually warm winter continues.

January's spring-like weather ended abruptly Thursday afternoon when snow fell across the area, complete with freezing fog.

The storm system left 2 to 3 inches of snow across the region. No school closings were reported in the immediate area, but some schools had late-morning openings.

A hazardous weather advisory called for snow again Friday night. The forecast called for 2 to 4 inches in Bollinger and Cape Girardeau counties.

Law enforcement officials urged motorists to plan for slower-than-normal travel.

"Bring it on," Sheila King of Jackson, Mo., said of the snow forecast for Friday night. "We'll build a snowman. We've had great winter weather this year and not too many chances to wear a coat."

Carmen Simpher agreed.

"We've had wonderful weather this year," said Simpher, of Jackson. "I'm ready for some snow."

"We really haven't had too much winter the past couple of years," said Ray W. Fadler of Ste. Genevieve, Mo. "I can remember 10 or 12 inches of snow 10 years ago. And, of course, the big one about 20 years ago."

In February 1979, 24 inches of snow fell on the area.

His wife, Marge Fadler, likes the warm weather.

"I'm originally from Louisiana, near New Orleans," she said. "I favor the warmer winters."

The term freezing fog was used by weather forecasters in explaining dense fog along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers early Friday morning.

Freezing fog is liquid droplets freezing when contacting a cold surface, said Mary Lamm of the National Weather Service at Paducah, Ky. It can make for extremely hazardous driving, she said, because of poor traction and increased braking distances.

However, sports fans driving to St. Louis for the Rams-Packers football game Sunday may not encounter any problems.

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