Travelers setting out for the holidays could face trouble, with anticipated Christmas Eve snow around the Great Lakes states and heavy rain expected along the East Coast.
The Mississippi River is flooding in several towns north of St. Louis as a result of recent rains, and the high water will apparently stick around for several days.
Gov. Jay Nixon today declared a state of emergency in Missouri in response to severe weather including heavy rain, hail, high winds, flooding and a tornado in University City.
The eastern part of the state will see the most rain. Carney said up to 4 inches of rain is possible Friday through Saturday night.
A storm system that buried parts of Wyoming and South Dakota in heavy, wet snow on Friday also brought powerful thunderstorms packing tornadoes to the Great Plains.
Another line of strong thunderstorms pushed thru the St Louis area Sunday evening-dumping large amounts of rain-prompting numerous flash flood watches and warnings.
The Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service says there were 1.4 days suitable for fieldwork, though farmers in the northern and central parts of the state had less than half a day.
Forecasters are calling for storms throughout the day involving hail, high winds and possibly tornadoes.
At this time last year, 88 percent of Illinois’ corn crop was in the ground. This year, just seven percent is.
NWS Meteorologist KMOX, “There is still a flood threat at this time , its just a matter of how fast this system moves through.”