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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • More winter weather forecast

  • On the heels of one of Northeast Missouri’s nastiest winter storms of the 2013-14 season, another is poised to move in today.
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  • On the heels of one of Northeast Missouri’s nastiest winter storms of the 2013-14 season, another is poised to move in today.
    The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm warning that extends from 6 a.m. today (Tuesday, Feb. 4) until 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5. Among the Missouri counties included in the watch area are Marion, Lewis, Lincoln, Pike, Ralls and Shelby. Among the Illinois counties that the watch area covers are Adams, Brown and Pike.
    The NWS is advising that snow will develop over Central and Northeast Missouri Tuesday morning and push into Central Illinois during the afternoon and continue into Tuesday evening.
    The storm is expected to dump from 5 to 8 inches on the area, which would make it one of the biggest snows received so far this winter. The storm will be accompanied by winds of from 10 to 20 mph Tuesday night.
    Unlike last weekend’s storm, which left in its wake a layer of ice, neither freezing rain or sleet is expected with the upcoming storm.
    Road conditions were so treacherous as a result of the freezing rain which fell early Saturday morning that the Missouri Department of Transportation closed Route H, a minor road that connects U.S. 36 near Rensselaer, and Missouri 19 in Center.
    Even Monday morning, MoDOT was advising travelers to use caution as sections of U.S. 24, 36 and 61 in the Palmyra and Hannibal area were still ice covered, including ramps and interchanges, and all minor roads.
    According to Paula Gough, MoDOT’s Northeast District engineer, salt is a “scarce commodity.” She added that MoDOT is doing all it can to extend its current supply, while shifting materials from other portions of the state.
    While a jackknifed tractor-trailer prompted the closing of Missouri 19 near Center for a time on Saturday morning, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports no injury accidents occurred over the weekend in Northeast Missouri.
    Another blast of artic air will follow today’s snow. Daytime highs are not forecast to reach 20 degrees Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Overnight lows will dip below zero both Wednesday (-6) and Thursday (-1).
    More snow is forecast to arrive Friday night and linger into Saturday night.

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