First snow of the season expected Thursday night

Precipitation Timeline for Thursday & Friday

Mid-Missouri could see the first accumulative snow of the season Thursday night. Wintry precipitation Thursday evening will last overnight into Friday morning, where a mix of rain and snow is likely through the night.

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Rain will begin to move through mid-Missouri around 5 p.m. Thursday. As temperatures fall after sunset, rain will mix with and eventually transition into snow. The rain/snow transition is likely to occur from 6 - 10 p.m., with flurries there after.

Any precipitation that falls, whether rain or snow, will be light.

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Many areas across mid-Missouri will wake up to a light dusting of snow Friday morning. Snow is expected to stick to grassy and elevated surfaces, with a regional average near half an inch.

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Projected snowfall totals (above) taken at 8 a.m. Thursday show the scope of potentially snow accumulations by Friday morning. The heaviest accumulations will be north of I-70, where ground temperatures are between 30-35 degrees. Areas closer to the I-44 corridor have a lesser chance of seeing any snow or seeing it stick by Friday morning.

With rain falling before snow Thursday evening, the first flakes of the evening will likely melt once they reach the ground due to the already wet surface from rain.

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Roads during the time of precipitation will be damp, but should be clear. Falling rain and snow will cause minor reductions in visibility at times, but not necessarily slick conditions. Road temperatures remain above freezing, so widespread slick or slippery road conditions are not expected. Sidewalks could be slick by Friday morning though.

For the latest road conditions, visit the MoDOT Traveler Map here.

Another forecast update will be posted if a Winter Weather Advisory is issued. As of 8 a.m. Thursday, no advisories are in effect.

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