Another snow storm could take aim at region this coming weekend

By Danny Henley, Courier-Post Reporter
Posted: Jan. 14, 2019 5:56 pm

After receiving a winter's worth of snowfall last weekend the National Weather Service says more snow may be on the way late this week.

According to the National Weather Service's seven-day forecast, snow is likely after 7 p.m. Friday night, on Saturday and Saturday night in Hannibal.

"For now, we do have some snow in the forecast. We could have some accumulating snow, but at this point it doesn't look like anything that rivals what we had last weekend," said Jared Maples, a forecaster at the National Weather Service's St. Louis office. "Obviously that's five days out, so it (forecast) could even change tomorrow."

Last weekend's storm dropped a surprising amount of snow.

"We were expecting amounts in the 6- to 9-inch range, but as the storm got closer and we got a little bit more data from the storm, it became more apparent we had quite a bit more moisture to work with," Maples said.

While a report was received from one South Side Hannibal resident of 16.5 inches, at the Hannibal water filter plant in Riverview Park, the official snow total was 13.7 inches. According to Ron Conger, a senior operator at the water plant, 7.7 inches was recorded Saturday morning while another 6 inches was reported Sunday morning.

It was suggested on Facebook over the weekend that the 13.7-inch total represented a new record, eclipsing the previous mark of 11 inches that fell on Jan. 21, 1959.

Was it a record-breaking weekend in Hannibal?

"I really don't know whether that's right or not," Conger said.

Maples said yearly records can be hard to compare. "The amounts we did receive, especially over central Missouri, were typically very rare events that one might see once a decade or so."

Maples said it was a slow-moving storm with plenty of time to snow on Hannibal.

"You might see a storm system with 12-18 hours of accumulating snow, which we would consider a decent type of storm, but this one lasted 48 hours in some locations," Maples said.

In addition to Hannibal's 13.7 inches, other amounts recorded around the area were: Saverton and Vandalia, 16 inches; Bowling Green, 15 inches; Center, 14 inches; Monroe City and Quincy, Ill., 10 inches; Edina, 9 inches; Shelbina, 7 inches.

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