Wintry weekend looms as temperatures plummet

A wintry mix of precipitation types looks to set up across mid-Missouri throughout the day on Saturday and continue into the evening hours. (KRCG 13 Weather Authority)

Temperatures were expected to quickly fall Friday afternoon, setting the stage for a much colder weekend filled with the potential for winter weather.

Starting after 10 p.m. Friday night, isolated areas of freezing drizzle and flurries were expected to begin impacting mid-Missouri and continue into the overnight hours.

Untreated surfaces could find a light glazing of ice by early Saturday morning in the isolated locations that see freezing drizzle overnight. The better chance for more widespread wintry precipitation was expected to arrive by the late afternoon and evening hours Saturday.

Friday's forecast suggested that by Saturday night, northern mid-Missouri would be impacted by a band of light to moderate snow, while locations essentially along and south of I-70 would likely see mixed forms of precipitation. Eventually, as temperatures drop late Saturday night, everyone should see a transition to all snow overnight.

Snow lingers into Sunday morning but will taper off by the afternoon hours. Snow accumulations look minor across mid-Missouri, with a spread of trace amounts up to 3 inches expected across our area. Locations farther north/northwest will see the higher end amounts. Locations closer to the Lake of the Ozarks and I-44 could miss out on the snow all together, and see more of an ice event.

In terms of ice accumulations, areas along and south of I-70 could see a glazing up to one tenth of an inch throughout Saturday and Saturday night. Closer to Interstate 44, ice accumulations could be a little higher, possibly up to two tenths of an inch.

Stay tuned to the forecast on KRCG-TV, here and on our KRCG 13 Facebook page throughout the weekend as more detailed forecast information becomes available.

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