Snow and sleet in the forecast Thursday and Friday

News-DemocratDecember 3, 2013 

Move over mild temperatures, winter weather is coming.

There is an 80 percent chance of sleet and snow Thursday with a high of 33. Snow is likely overnight and into Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

"It's the right time of the year," said Butch Dye, hydrometeorological technician at the National Weather Service.

Based on climatology, the first week of December is the normal time for the first occurrence of snowfall in the greater St. Louis area, Dye explained.

Last December, the area saw 2 inches of snow accumulation, he said.

Tuesday evening the National Weather Service predicted accumulates of snow and sleet between 2 and 4 inches along the Interstate 70 corridor through the St. Louis area and into southwest Illinois. The wintry mix of snow and sleet will begin Thursday afternoon and change to snow Thursday evening

By Tuesday evening the National Weather Service was predicting an accumulation of 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet over southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. The snow should taper off during the day Friday with partly cloudy skies and a low of just 12 overnight.

Saturday looks dry and sunny, according to the weather service.

Contact reporter Maria Hasenstab at mhasenstab@bnd.com or 618-239-2460.

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