Major winter storm eyes St. Louis region Friday through Sunday

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This is a major winter storm for the St. Louis metro area. Wind chills will be held to the teens and 20s all day. AccuWeather.com predicts 6 to 12 inches of snow in those areas.

"Along the VA/NC border, we expect much lower amounts of 1-4" where mixing with sleet and even freezing rain will likely take place on Sunday. "The snow will continue to fall, especially in our southern areas, through the day Saturday and will taper off during the evening hours Saturday".

As we've talked about before with this setup, the exact track of the low is crucial, and any deviation north or south can change the whole look of this system!

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The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a winter weather advisory for Douglas County and other areas of northeast Kansas from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday. If the storm shifts slightly and it remains 100% snow over Richmond, some totals in excess of 8 inches will be possible. Roads will be hazardous Saturday morning and early afternoon so give yourself plenty of time to get to KC.

Light snow/ flurries are going to be possible at kick-off as the system moves away from Kansas City Saturday evening. Note on the map below the far-reaching extent of heavy snow.

The snow is expected to begin late Friday in central and southern IL, developing from a winter storm system in the southwestern U.S. Snow is expected to continue into Saturday, sometimes mixed with rain.

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