Let's start by emphasizing how unpredictable weather in Missouri and Illinois is. Keep that in mind as I warn you to keep your eyes on the weather forecasts as we get closer to Thanksgiving as advanced forecasts show that could involve snow for both states right after the holiday.
It's the eternal question. How much snow will Missouri get this winter? Sure, you could follow forecasts from the National Weather Service and the Climate Prediction Center from NOAA. But, there's a more organic way and it has to do with squirrels. I'll explain.
Have you ever asked a question then immediately regretted it? That's exactly what happened to me when I asked Farmer's Almanac when Missouri would see its first real snow of the season. When I got the answer, I was very sorry for the question.
It's the eternal Midwestern question. How much snow will my state get? If you live in Missouri and much of the Midwest, it looks like the winter of 2023 and 2024 will be very different for one big reason.
If there's one constant about weather in Missouri and Illinois, it's the changeability of it all. That will prove true once again at the end of this week as weather in the Show Me State and Land of Lincoln will change big time yet again.
If you want to know what the weather is going to do to Missouri this winter, you need to check your fruit based on long-standing folklore. If a certain fruit is correct, Missouri is in for a very snowy winter ahead. Dang fruit.
If you think forecasting the weather is hard, you should see all the factors that go into predicting what rivers will do. There is reason for concern though as it appears there's a growing chance that the Mississippi River will exceed flood stages this Spring along its banks in Missouri and Illinois.