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Accumulating snow, bitterly cold air this weekend

UPDATE: The Winter Weather Advisory has been canceled for Benton and Morgan counties. Areas shaded purple continued until 6PM.

Light snow will taper off through early Saturday afternoon with total accumulation of 1-5 inches with the highest amounts near I-44. Temperatures will fall through the 20s, dropping to near 20 by 7 p.m. with wind chill readings in the single digits by evening as northwesterly winds increase to 15-20 mph.

Skies will clear overnight Saturday, with frigid wind chills into Sunday. Sunday morning temperatures will likely be in the single digits for many, with wind chills as low as 10 below zero in the early morning.

ORIGINAL STORY: A combination of bitterly cold arctic air and a robust low pressure system will bring wintry weather to Mid-Missouri starting Saturday morning.

Low pressure is expected to track northeast tonight and through Saturday, bringing rain to southern Missouri overnight.

Cooler air moves in at around the same time as rain approaches the Lake of the Ozarks by 4-5 a.m.

Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing after 7 a.m., allowing for a brief period of sleet south of Highway 50.

A wintry mix transitions to snow between 9-10 a.m., with snow beginning to accumulate after 10 a.m. for areas along and east of Highway 63.

This low pressure is expected to track northeast out of Mid-Missouri by around 7 p.m. in our far eastern counties.

Gusty winds up to 30 mph are expected through the day as that arctic air builds in from the northwest.

Much cooler air will be left over, with clearing skies and temperatures dropping into the low teens overnight. Wind chills will be between -4 and 0 by Sunday morning.

Our northwestern counties could see a light dusting of snow between 5-8 a.m. near the cold front, with the better accumulation east of Highway 63 associated with the low pressure system.

Areas along Highway 63 including Columbia and vicinity will see around 1″ of snow, along Highway 54, 1-2″ including Jefferson City, Fulton, and Mexico, and the highest totals along and near I-44 including Rolla, Waynesville and the Lake of the Ozarks between 3-4.”

Get the latest information with our ABC 17 Stormtrack live updates here, on our ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather App, and starting Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on KMIZ, and at 9:00 a.m. on FOX 22 KQFX.

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