Weekend travel will be slow due to heavy rain, ice and snow

Sharon Ray, Chief Meteorologist, sharonr@kmiz.com
POSTED: 10:04 PM CST Dec 19, 2013 

Travel will be tricky this weekend in Missouri as temperatures fall and moisture moves in. Rain will increase from south to north Friday night into early Saturday and with temperatures at or below freezing in areas north of HWY 50, freezing rain is expected with a tenth to two tenths of an inch of ice possible. (Pink indicates freezing rain or sleet and blue is snow) Ice is possible on untreated roads Saturday morning.

Temperatures will warm slightly Saturday afternoon and the threat of ice will decrease in above freezing air. However, rain will become moderate to heavy in areas near and south of Interstate 44 and travel will be slow. 2-4 inches of rain is possible from Friday evening through Saturday evening with flooding in low lying areas possible.

As temperatures drop Saturday night, freezing rain and sleet is once again possible, changing to snow after midnight. A band of moderate snow will affect areas north of I-70 with accumulating snow likely. Areas south of I-70 will continue to have freezing rain with some snow mixing in toward Sunday morning.

Snow will taper off through the morning Sunday with drier air moving in for the afternoon and evening. Please check back for updates since the forecast could still change slightly.