Moderate snow amounts possible this weekend

A spring winter storm will affect the area Saturday night and Sunday

Sharon Ray, Chief Meteorologist, sharonr@kmiz.com
POSTED: 09:09 PM CDT Mar 21, 2013    UPDATED: 10:14 PM CDT Mar 21, 2013 

We are watching the development of a storm system which will bring snow to Mid-Missouri Saturday night and Sunday. A strong low pressure area is forecast to track from the Texas panhandle to near northern Tennessee from Saturday night through Sunday. Cold air will already be in place in the central U.S. while deep gulf moisture will move in from the south as the storm system moves through, resulting in moderate snow amounts.

Rain is expected to develop by late Saturday afternoon along and south of I-70 from west to east while areas to the north of I-70 could see a rain/ snow mix. Temperatures will be near 40 Saturday afternoon, dropping to near 30 overnight. Rain will turn to snow through Saturday night with all of Mid-Missouri in the snow by early Sunday morning. Pockets of moderate snow are possible through early Sunday before it tapers off to light snow showers in the late afternoon and evening with temperatures reaching the mid 30s.

There is the potential for 3-6 inches of snow to accumulate in  Mid-Missouri with the higher amounts north of HWY 50 where it will change over quicker Saturday night. However, a shift in the position of the low pressure center could change snow amounts. Please check back for updated forecasts.