Snowstorm set to hit area on Sunday

Posted: Mar. 22, 2013 11:57 pm Updated: Apr. 13, 2013 2:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Are you ready for one -- hopefully -- last blast of winter weather?

Even though it's technically spring, the area is bracing itself for one last blast of snow. According to Julie Phillipson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service based in St. Louis, the Quincy area could get between 6 and 7 inches of snow throughout Sunday.

"We expect the rain to start during the day on Saturday and overnight, as colder temperatures filters, it will change over to snow," Phillipson said.

Phillipson said the snow should start between midnight and 1 a.m. on Sunday.

"The snow will continue throughout the day on Sunday before tapering off Sunday night into early Monday," she said.

She said the cool weather the region has seen over the month of March will help the storm transition into a snow event easier than if the area had been experiencing normal temperatures. Phillipson said that the snow totals predicted for the region could change depending on the system's path.

A spring snow storm like this is rare. Phillipson said the last time the St. Louis area had a storm that produced at least 6 inches of snow in March came back on March 4, 2008.

"This is definitely not normal for this time of year," she said.