Not quite a month since 13 inches of snow fell in Hannibal, another major snowstorm is on the way.

Not quite a month since 13 inches of snow fell in Hannibal, another major snowstorm is on the way.

“This one (storm) could be comparable (to the early February storm),” said Thomas Spriggs, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in St. Louis. “You should not receive that much (13 inches), but it will be in the ballpark.”

According to the winter storm watch issued Friday by the NWS, from 8 to 10 inches of snow are possible this weekend in the Missouri counties of Marion, Monroe, Ralls, Shelby, Lewis and Pike. That total would fall just shy of the amount of snow that fell on Feb. 4.

Hannibal’s snowfall record is the 22 inches (18.5 inches according to the Water Filter Plant) that fell on Feb. 1-2, 2011.

The Water Filter Plant reports a total of 31 inches of snow has fallen thus far in Hannibal this winter. According to the National Climatic Data Center, the average snowfall total in the Quincy-Hannibal area is around 22 inches.

While most of the precipitation this weekend is expected to be in the form of snow in Northeast Missouri, not all of it may not be.

“You could see a little sleet early in the system’s lifecycle,” said Spriggs.

Some of the heaviest bands of snow could be accompanied by thunder, added Spriggs.

“That’s not that usual in March because there are richer levels of moisture,” he said.

Precipitation is expected to begin tonight.

“It will be a prolonged event, lasting 24 hours or a little over,” said Spriggs.

The storm will be accompanied by another blast of artic air.

“That’s one thing that’s not been stressed enough, the strength of the cold air coming in once the storm ends,” said Spriggs. “Sunday will start off at 10 degrees. The temperature will drop during the course of Sunday and continue to fall Sunday night to zero or below zero. And with the wind, you’ll be looking at wind chills of 15 to 20 degrees below zero.”

News of another winter storm was not greeted warmly at city hall.

“I am very sick of winter,” said City Manager Jeff LaGarce.

Hannibal resident Alberta Shaw was prepared to take the latest storm in stride.

“I have plenty of food. As long as my electricity stays on, I’ll be fine,” she said. “I don’t mind being holed for the duration of winter, however long that might be.”

In case you’re wondering, spring officially arrives on March 20.