Just when it seemed like the metro-east had finally put a long, bitterly cold winter season behind it, freezing temperatures and snow are back in the forecast.
The high temperature for Monday, 51 degrees, was reached shortly after midnight and the mercury is expected to drop throughout the day, according to the National weather service. By noon it is expected to be 45 and by 6 p.m. it is expected to be 39 on its way to an overnight low of 29.
People with sensitive plants outside are encouraged to bring them inside if possible.
There is 70 percent chance of rain Monday during the daytime hours with wind gusts of up to 26 mph. Monday night there is a 60 percent chance of rain turning to snow. Little or no accumulation is expected.
The high temperature Tuesday will be 48 under mostly sunny skies. On Wednesday it will be sunny with a high of 57.
According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the average high temperature for April 14 in the St. Louis area is 67. But, as cool as things are, it could be worse. The all-time record for low high temperature on this date is 28 set in 1950. The all-time high, set in 2006, was 92.