Today: Freezing rain this morning mixing with rain this afternoon. High 34F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 80%.
Tonight: Rain and freezing rain this evening ...mixing with snow and sleet late. Low 27F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 80%. Snow and ice accumulating around one inch.
Tomorrow: A wintry mix of snow, sleet or freezing rain. Cold. High near 30F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 80%. Snow and ice accumulating around one inch.
Tomorrow night: Mostly cloudy with snow showers mainly during the evening. Cold. Low 8F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
This is nothing unusual for Missouri at this time of year; neither is the behavior of midwestern citizens, after they hear such a forecast. Suddenly the stores are jammed. People act as though they're going to be MONTHS without power, and buy things they normally wouldn't think about getting. A former neighbor of mine used to head to Aldi's if there was the slightest mention of snow in the forecast... Aldi's advertised themselves as "the stockup store", and, by george, she was going to stock up!
Our house is never without adequate food: I'm a bargain shopper, so there are plenty of staples in the cupboards; oh, we might be low on bread or milk, but we'd get by.
That's me in front of our house in February, 2002. We were without electricity for three days, I believe. We zipped our sleeping bags together to keep warm at night, wore coveralls all day in the house, and survived. The only heat we had was from the four burners on our gas range; these new-fangled ovens won't ignite without electricity. If there's a real threat of an ice storm tonight, I'll turn the oven on low and leave it on, so we'll have it. We have a well for our water supply, so without electricity, we have no water, because the pump is electric. However, our next-door neighbor is on rural water; so we can get water from his outside faucet.
I'm betting the weather-guessers are going for ratings, and this projected storm won't happen; midwest weather isn't that easy to predict. But if it does, we're prepared. It'll be an adventure!