Having grown up in Ste. Genevieve, Laura Wibbenmeyer is happy to make her home in the Heartland and to be a part of the First Alert Weather Team she grew up watching.
Laura can remember exactly when the weather sparked her interest as a child: when she realized it had the power to decide whether or not school would be in session! She can remember staying up late watching every weathercast, hoping and praying for the winter weather to hit right over Ste. Genevieve County so she could enjoy a snow day. Then, summer rolled around and she would hope and pray for just the opposite: heat advisories so school would let out early. All of those events, plus many others, led Laura to fall in love with the all of the different types of weather the Heartland experiences. She never imagined her "snow day" hobby would lead to her passion, and even further into her career.
Laura graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Atmospheric Science. Throughout college, her nickname quickly became "Weather Wibbs" and the name stuck. While in college, Laura worked at KOMU-TV as a fill-in Meteorologist and gained experience covering everything from floods to chasing storms during tornado outbreaks. Laura also spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Reading in England, an internationally renowned school for its meteorology program.
After graduation, Laura moved south to challenge herself with a whole different type of weather. She moved to Lafayette, Louisiana and worked at KLFY-TV. Laura always wanted to live in the south and being the self-proclaimed weather nerd she is, had always wanted to get her hands wet, so to speak, with tropical weather. After gaining that tropical storm and hurricane experience, she decided to head a bit further north and took her next job in Shreveport, Louisiana at KTBS-TV. Even though Laura misses the mild winters of the south (especially while she is scraping ice off of her car on cold winter mornings), she is extremely happy to be back home and wouldn't change it for the world.
In her free time, Laura enjoys anything and everything that gets her adrenaline pumping, whether it is skydiving or white water rafting. She also loves volleyball, dancing, traveling, spending time with her husband and two daughters She also loves meeting new people! So, if you ever see her out and about don't hesitate to introduce yourself and feel free to send her an email anytime.
Winter weather advisories are up for our western counties starting at 6pm tonight. Light freezing rain is possible this evening, with some light sleet and snow mixing in at times for our western and northern counties.
Winter weather advisories are posted for our western and northern counties. Light freezing rain is possible in this area, which could cause a slick spots on roads. The advisory runs from 3AM on Friday morning through 6PM on Friday evening.
Cloudy and dreary weather continues for the afternoon hours, with a few passing showers possible. Much colder air will push in tonight behind a cold front. The cold front should clear out some of our clouds too. Lows tonight will dip into the 20s and 30s.
Parts of southeast Missouri and southern Illinois have already received 1 to 3 inches of rainfall, and another 2 to 3 is possible tonight. So flash flooding continues to be a threat tonight into Saturday.
The big story over the next few days will be the possibility for heavy rain and severe weather. The biggest impact will be Friday night into Saturday. Lows tonight will be in the 30s and 40s. Gusty winds are likely through the day on Thursday.
Rain will become more widespread and continue to track north as we push into the evening and overnight hours. Temperatures will not drop much overnight. Most of the areas will only see lows in the mid to upper 40s. Highs on Friday will be in the 50s in most areas.
Clouds will take over the area tonight, especially after midnight. Most of us will see our overnight lows around midnight, then temperatures will slowly rise as the clouds take over. Lows tonight will be in the upper 30s to lower 40s.
Mainly clear skies expected tonight with chilly temperatures. All in all, it looks like a nice end to the year with quiet weather. As we ring in 2020, temperatures will be close to the freezing mark. Mostly areas will drop into the upper 20s to lower 30s by daybreak tomorrow.
Some clouds expected tonight, especially in our northern counties. Lows tonight will drop into the upper 20s and lower 30s. Clouds will continue to push out of the area tomorrow and sunshine will take over.
It's a warm start to your Thursday. A lot of clouds moved into the area overnight and they will hang with us through the day. There is a chance for a little drizzle or passing shower today, but most of us will just be cloudy and mild. Highs today will top out in the mid to upper 60s.
Clouds have spread into much of the Heartland through the early afternoon hours. As we get deeper into the afternoon, clouds will slowly clear and the sunshine will return. It will be cold though with highs only topping out in the upper 20s to lower 30s in the areas under the clouds.
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Much colder air will take over the Heartland tonight. By time you wake up on Tuesday temperatures will be in the 20s and 30s. As the colder air takes over, there could be a change over to snow in our southeastern counties late tonight into early Tuesday morning.