March Roared in Like a Lion with Weekend Storm
St. Louis Street Department crews were busy clearing major arteries, Sunday morning, as seen on S. Broadway, to get ahead of storm forecasted to bring up to 8 inches or more of snow and sleet to the St. Louis region.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 2, 2014 - The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the City of St. Louis, effective through Monday morning, March 3.
A wintery mix of light sleet began Saturday night and changed over to snow by Sunday morning. A forecast of up to one tenth of an inch of ice followed by an accumulation of 5 to 8 inches of snow will create hazardous travel conditions.
Snowfall from the cross-country storm will exceed 1,500 miles on its journey. There is the potential for more than 6 inches of snow to fall along a 1,300-mile stretch from Topeka, Kan., to Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis, Mo,; Peoria, Ill.; Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; New York City; Hartford, Conn.; Providence, R.I.; and Boston. Some locations along this swath could end up with a foot of snow or more.
Major airport hubs from Kansas City, Mo., Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Boston may all be directly affected by the storm with the potential for thousands of delays and/or cancelations. Ripple-effect flight delays and cancelations are likely to reach nationwide.
Winter Reigns Again as Frigid Air Moves Through Midwest
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 26, 2014 - AccuWeather.com reports while spring officially begins on March 20 and there are signs of a pattern change beginning around that date, winter may not be in a hurry to let go over much of the Central and Eastern states completely.
AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Mark Mancuso said There is a better chance that the two branches of steering winds phase a bit beginning this coming weekend and next week as the stronger storms from the Pacific Ocean move inland.
"These Pacific storms may bring the potential for more major disruptions," Anderson said, "But the storm track of each will determine which areas get rain versus snow or a wintry mix."
The stronger storm systems this weekend into next week will also bring a greater chance for severe weather in the South.
Ahead of the larger storms, the harshest of the cold in this pattern will be in place.
"There will be record-challenging cold over the Midwest during the second half of the week," Mancuso said.
Missouri Statewide Tornado Drill and Severe Weather Awareness Week
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, (SLFP.com), February 23, 2014 - The National Weather Service, the State Emergency Management Agency and Missouri's local emergency management offices urge Missourians to use Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 3-7, to plan and prepare for how they will react to tornadoes, flash flooding and other severe weather.
Missouri will conduct the 40th annual Statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 4 at 1:30 p.m. If severe weather is in the forecast on March 4, the drill will be moved to Thursday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m.
"It's important to remember that tornadoes and dangerous flash flooding can develop rapidly and with little warning," Gov. Jay Nixon said. "I encourage Missourians to talk at home, at work and at school about severe weather safety so that in times of real emergency, folks are prepared for whatever Mother Nature brings."
"I encourage all Missourians, including schools, businesses and recreational groups, to use Severe Weather Awareness Week to plan and practice how they will respond to severe weather in specific scenarios - indoors, outside and while traveling," said State Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Barrett. "Reacting quickly and properly can save lives."
On March 4, Missouri outdoor warning sirens and weather alert radios will sound, indicating that Missourians should seek shelter during the statewide tornado drill. The safest shelter location is the basement or an interior room in the lowest level of a building. The drill is complete once everyone is accounted for in the designated shelters.