The weather pattern will begin to take a turn late this week as a deep trough digs across the western half of the country Thursday. Southwest flow aloft will bring rich moisture into the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys for an extended amount of time, setting us up for rounds of precipitation.
A cold front will set up across the region late Thursday into Friday, keeping most of the precipitation along and south of this boundary. Rain chances ramp up late on Thursday into Friday before the front slides south and cooler air starts to filter in.
As temperatures begin to drop on Friday night, ongoing precipitation could change to a wintry mix and eventually snow into early Saturday. Precipitation type will be dependent on the track of low pressure to our south.
If the low stays farther south, the colder air will have a better chance of sliding across much of our area and interacting with precipitation. This would mean accumulating snow for Mid-Missouri.
If the low goes farther north, Friday night precipitation will likely stay all rain or a brief wintry mix with rain.
Total precipitation amounts will be 1-2" of liquid. Snow amounts won't be determined until later this week. Stay with ABC 17 News for the latest as this system unfolds.