Frost Advisories start at 1 AM Friday morning for Scotland, Clark, Hancock, Schuyler, Lee, and McDonough counties and continues through 8 AM Friday morning.
Chilly air with low well temperatures down into the low to middle 30s and light winds and some clear skies at times will allow for the development of frost later Thursday night into Friday morning.
Outside of the advisory counties, patchy frost will still be possible late tonight and early Friday morning.
Folks need to bring sensitive plants and vegetation indoors to protect them from the coming frost and very cold temperatures.
Here is the latest Mississippi River forecast crest data from late this evening:
Keokuk – Crest at 21.0 feet Sunday afternoon on 10/14 (Major flooding). FS 16
Canton – Crest at 21.2 feet very early Friday on 10/12 then again Sunday afternoon on 10/14 (Moderate flooding). FS 14
Quincy – Cresting right now at 24.81 feet (Moderate flooding). FS 17
Hannibal – Crest at 24.8 feet Friday very early morning on 10/12 (Major flooding). FS 16
Saverton – Crest at 23.9 feet Friday morning on 10/12 (Major flooding). FS 16
Louisiana – Crest at 22.5 feet Friday Morning on 10/12 (Moderate flooding). FS 15
Clarksville – Crest at 32.8 feet Friday Evening on 10/12 (Moderate flooding). FS 25
So back to tonight’s forecast, after mostly clear skies to start the night, increasing clouds will roll into the area later tonight in advance of our next weather system.
Friday will be very cold and damp with clouds and rain at times and highs in the middle 40s! Some snowflakes might even mix in with the rain in north and northeast areas on Friday!
Rain showers will be gone by or on their way out Friday evening for area football contests but it will be cold so plan to bundle-up if you will be attending any of the games!
For Saturday, dry weather and pleasant conditions are expected with highs in the middle 50s.
Clouds return for Sunday with rain chances and highs in the 40s to near 50 degrees.
I am dropping rain chances for Monday now as long range forecast model runs are now pretty certain in swishing precip through to our south on Sunday night. Highs in the cool 40s though Monday seem to be on target!
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~ Mike Cole, WGEM Chief Meteorologist