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Dusting of snow possible Christmas Eve morning

Tuesday night will start off mild, with temperatures around 40 degrees by nightfall. Clouds will continue to build into the latter part of the evening, with rain moving into Mid-Missouri counties near and west of Highway 65 before midnight.

Two low pressure systems will affect the area tonight into tomorrow, as the one that brought rain Monday continues to move northeast, some lingering wrap-around precipitation will sweep into Mid-Missouri late Tuesday. A second, stronger system that is over Louisiana Tuesday afternoon will move northeast, bringing precipitation to the Show-Me state on the north side of the low pressure system as well.

Precipitation will start out as rain in the western part of the viewing area between midnight and 3 a.m. Wednesday. As temperatures continue to fall, we’ll see a gradual transition to wet, slushy snow early Wednesday morning.

Not much snow will accumulate, with a dusting to half an inch expected on grassy surfaces, with slushy snow melting somewhat quickly on the roads.

Christmas Day will be much more mild with more sunshine and highs in the middle to upper 40s.

Looking ahead to the weekend, another strong upper-level wave will sweep through the Midwest, bringing a chance for a few snowflakes Friday night into early Saturday. The main change with this wave will be the cooler temperatures sticking around through the weekend.

ABC 17 Stormtrack Chief Meteorologist Sharon Ray will have updates on holiday travel starting at 5 on ABC 17 News, and Meteorologist Brittany Beggs will be tracking the precipitation starting at 5:00 a.m. on ABC 17 News This Morning.

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