We’re less than two months away from the next total solar eclipse, which will pass over southeastern Missouri on Tuesday, April 8th.

Trish Erzfeld is Tourism Director for Perry County’s Heritage and Tourism group. She told Missourinet people wanting to view the eclipse need to plan ahead.

“Have a destination in mind, where you want to go, and then allow yourself plenty of time because traffic is going to be a wild card,” Erzfeld said. “We don’t know how much traffic will be out there. So, you know, maybe double your travel time, or even triple it depending on where you’re going.”

She advises people to use certified eclipse glasses to view the event. If you still have glasses from the 2017 eclipse, Erzfeld said they’re still usable as long as they don’t have any scratches or holes in the lenses.

Aside from traffic, the weather is the other wild card in knowing if we’ll be able to view the eclipse, but so far it looks favorable.

“Some people say that our weather looks better than it did in 2017,” Erzfeld said. “El Nino is giving us some more favor toward having clear skies and so we’re very optimistic.”

She said even if it’s too cloudy to see the eclipse, it’ll still get dark, the temperature will still drop, and the wind direction will still shift.

Perry County was also in the path of totality during the last total solar eclipse. This time, the path of totality will pass over several southeastern Missouri cities and towns, including Perryville, Poplar Bluff, Dexter, Sikeston, New Madrid, Cape Girardeau, and Ste. Genevieve.

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