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Rain and snow increasing tonight into Saturday as arctic air moves in

***WINTER STORM WARNING Chariton, Macon, Randolph and Monroe counties until 3 PM Saturday. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for the rest of Mid-Missouri***

TONIGHT: Rain will increase in the evening, transitioning to all snow from northwest to southeast through the night as the freezing line moves south. Areas farther south will have rain for much of the night Friday before it turns to snow. Temperatures drop steadily through the night, from close to freezing at midnight to the mid 20s early Saturday morning as northerly winds increase to 20 mph, gusting to 30 mph at times.

SATURDAY: Snow tapers off in the morning in our northwest counties but continues into the afternoon near and southeast of HWY 54. Temperatures will fall into the upper teens by evening as wind chills dip into the single digits due to northerly winds gusting up to 35 mph at times, causing blowing and drifting snow. Total snowfall amounts of 4-6″ are expected along and north of HWY 24 with 1-4″ south.

EXTENDED: Temperatures will drop to 5-10 degrees by Sunday morning with wind chills as low as 10 below zero north of I-70. Winds will diminish early Sunday but it will still be bitterly cold as high temperatures only reach the low 20s with mostly sunny skies. We’ll warm back into the 30s Monday under partly cloudy skies. The next storm system is expected to move in Tuesday with rain changing to snow and gusty northerly winds. Accumulating snow is possible Tuesday afternoon so be sure to check the newest forecast in the coming days. Stick with ABC 17 on-air and online for the newest information.

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