ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Before the work week is over the St. Louis region will be hit with a blast of winter weather.
Two separate weather systems, one currently over Baja California and the other in the Pacific Northwest, will join forces and head our way on Thursday.
National Weather Service senior meteorologist Thomas Spriggs, at the office in Weldon Spring, said to expect a sleet/snow mix Thursday afternoon, that will gradually turn to all snow overnight and Friday morning. Cold air will continue to push south and will stick around through the weekend.
How much snow the region will actually see remains uncertain.
At this time, about 2 inches of snow is expected from Columbia, Missouri northeast to Litchfield, Illinois, according to AccuWeather meteorologists. A mix of sleet and snow is expected south near Farmington, Missouri, with a mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet from Farmington south.
Spriggs said this shot of winter is coming right on schedule. “First week in December seems to be the time when we get our first accumulating snow or ice,” he said.
Is your car ready for winter?
The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages motorists to check their vehicle ahead of the expected inclement weather.
Officials advice you: check the battery, heater, defroster, lights, hoses, belts, brakes, oil, tires, wipers, and fluid levels.
Before you travel, gather an ice scraper, tire chains, battery booster cables, blankets, flashlight, and a bag of sand or kitty litter to place in your trunk.
Emergencies cannot be predicted, but planning ahead can help you if one should arise. Missouri’s Road Condition Report (1-888-275-6636) can help you plan your route–before you leave. You may also view MoDOT’s Road Condition Map by going to the Patrol’s web site www.mshp.dps.mo.gov and clicking on the Road Condition icon.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is here to serve and protect. If you become stranded or see another vehicle stranded on the side of the road with passengers, please call the Missouri State Highway Patrol emergency number at 1-800-525-5555 or dial *55 on a cellular phone. These numbers ring at the nearest troop headquarters.