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Tracking a few showers Wednesday, impactful New Year’s Day system

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 30s. Gusty west winds up to 25 mph.

TOMORROW: Chance of showers south of I-70, with mostly cloudy skies. Highs in the lower 40s.

EXTENDED: A low pressure system sliding to our south Wednesday will bring the threat of showers to our southern counties into Wednesday afternoon as clouds stick around for most of the day. A few areas of patchy freezing drizzle are also possible across northern Missouri, but little road impacts are expected. Thursday is looking largely quiet with slightly above average temperatures climbing into the upper 40s. A warm front to our south on Friday will send warmer temperatures our way as we creep into the middle to upper 50s for New Year's Eve. Showers could slide in from the south toward evening as we'll be above freezing through dawn, but this area of low pressure tracking across the Midwest could cause travel problems through much of the day for parts of the region. The farther north the system goes, the lower chance we'll have of seeing wintry precipitation, but forecast guidance is hinting at a middle ground where we could see just enough cool air to get a wintry mix across the northern half of the area by late morning into early afternoon, eventually transitioning to snow by early Saturday evening as temperatures begin to cool. Road impacts would be possible into Sunday morning with this more southerly track, especially as we drop into the low teens overnight. Accumulation is more likely across northern parts of the state, but we'll keep a close eye on the track of this system as we progress through the week.

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Jessica Hafner returned to ABC 17 News as chief meteorologist in 2019 after working here under Sharon Ray from 2014 to 2016.


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