Santa may be bringing more than presents this year. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), up to 5 inches of snow may fall in Central and Northeast Missouri through Friday afternoon. The revised forecast has prompted the NWS to issue a winter storm watch from late Thursday night through Friday afternoon.


Santa may be bringing more than presents this year. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), up to 5 inches of snow may fall in Central and Northeast Missouri through Friday afternoon. The revised forecast has prompted the NWS to issue a winter storm watch from late Thursday night through Friday afternoon.
Following another day of rain on Thursday, rain will mix with sleet and then turn to snow Thursday night as cold air rushes in behind a strong storm system. The NWS advises those traveling late Thursday night and on Christmas day to be prepared for winter driving conditions.
The rain will mix with sleet and then change to snow after midnight Thursday night. A total snow accumulation of from 2 to 5 inches is possible through Christmas afternoon.
Complicating driving conditions will be a strong west to northwest wind. Sustained winds between 15 and 25 mph are expected, with gusts to 35 mph. The wind, combined with the snow, will cause drifting and could reduce visibility below one mile at times late Thursday night and on Christmas day.
Scattered snow showers are expected Friday night and Saturday. There is a chance of snow flurries Sunday.