Another arctic blast is in store to return to parts of Missouri.
Northern Missouri is under a Winter Weather Advisory through 9 p.m. Friday with up to 3 inches of snow possible. Parts of central and southeastern Missouri, which is also under a Winter Weather Advisory, could see up to an inch. Meteorologist Lydia Jaja at the National Weather Service said some of that snow could accumulate.
“So we’re expecting precipitation to last through Friday night,” Jaja said. “We’re going to start out with rain transitioning over to snow.”
As far as how much snow? That depends on where you live.
“The northern portions of the state are going to, or expecting more than the southern portions, because they’re expected to get more snow,” she explained. “For our official forecast for, like Knox County, for instance, is like 2 to 5 inches, within that range.”
Winds are expected to increase, which could reduce visibility, but behind that, the temperature will get seriously cold with overnight lows beginning Saturday through next week possibly plunging below zero.
“After the snow exits Friday evening, we’re looking at a giant blast of cold air to come through,” Jaja said. “Behind the cold front, wind chills will be dangerously cold pretty much through about Wednesday with some locations not even seeing wind chills above zero between like Saturday and Tuesday.”
The cold temperatures could cause frostbite on exposed skin.
“Get bundled up. Layers, layers, layers, including socks, gloves, whatever you can, put against or between you and the cold, do it,” said Jaja. “Bring pets indoors. Just because they have that little fur coat does not mean they are immune to cold.”
Drivers are encouraged to have a car equipped with an emergency kit in case you get stuck. It should have an extra flashlight, an ice scraper, food, and a blanket.
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