The snow is on its way; when will it arrive?

News-DemocratDecember 31, 2013 

Snow falling on East Main Street in Belleville in a 2012 file photo.


The first snowstorm of 2014 is wasting no time getting to the metro-east.

Rain changing quickly to snow will hit the region later Wednesday afternoon, with a 90 percent chance of accumulation overnight into Thursday.

But National Weather Service meteorologist Julie Phillipson said freezing rain and sleet aren't likely to be a part of the picture.

"It looks like it will be plenty cold enough for the precipitation to just be plain old snow."

While the high temperature will peak at 43 Wednesday, by the time snow starts to fall in the evening hours it will be well below freezing -- on its way into the low 20s.

The snow is expected to continue into Thursday morning when the high will reach 22. Skies will become partly cloudy during the evening hours when the low reaches 6. On Friday it will be sunny with a high of 26. Snow could be back in the forecast Saturday and Sunday nights, Phillipson said.

"It's a little early at this point to make a prediction as far as accumulation goes," Phillipson said. "But it's a looking like we could see another round of snow and then a round of very cold temperatures."

The start of 2014 seems as if it will be very similar to the beginning of the previous year.

According to National Weather Service records, it also snowed on Jan. 1, 2013 with an inch of accumulation.

Phillipson said the long-range forecast doesn't show any weather patterns producing that could cause an unusually high or low amount of snow for the month of January.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at or call 239-2626.

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