A cold, dreary January day in store with cloudy skies, cold north winds and drizzle, light rain and snow still possible. Colder air is slowly wrapping back in from the north this morning on the backside of our winter system. Most of the region will stay just above freezing this morning and today….except in far northern and western counties e.g. Mt. Vernon to Farmington to Ellington and Ironton where there cold be a little icing. As we get into the afternoon patchy drizzle or light rain could mix with light snow…especially across parts of SE MO and S IL. No significant accumulation expected but could be some slick travel at times. Tonight will remain mainly cloudy….could be a few flurries but overall drier..and Monday will be cold but dry.
As we go through the upcoming work week it will slowly warm up..especially by mid-week as sunshine finally returns. Later in the week, however, moisture begins to increase again…with a slight chance of some rain on Thursday and then a strong cold front late Friday into early Saturday. There continues to be an indication of some rain along the front Friday night…changing to some light snow behind the front Saturday. The bigger story will be the sharp temperature drop, however..with some of the coldest air of the winter thus far blowing in from the north next weekend.