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Winter storm watch Christmas Day

Accumulating snow is expected Christmas Day and more snow possible Friday night.

December 23, 2012|Aaron's Weather Blog | KSPR Meteorologist Aaron Boll

It may be hard to believe a snow storm is heading our way after a warm weekend in the 60's.  A cold front to the north will move through tonight and then the cold air is staying around for a while.  Tonight lows will be in the mid to upper 20's.

Monday will be much cooler with highs only in the upper 30's to near 40.  Christmas Eve night will be cold but dry.  Then the winter storm moves in on Christmas Day.  There is a Winter Storm Watch for these counties from Tuesday 3pm to Wednesday 6am.

The storm will pull out of Texas and move across Arkansas on Tuesday.  The heavy snow will set up just to the north of the low pressure.

The snow will start Christmas afternoon.  The heaviest snow will be south of I-44.  Most of it will be only snow but some mix early on is possible to the southeast.

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It will start to taper off on Wednesday morning from west to east.  Here are my expected snowfall totals.

Now there are still some uncertainty with the track of the low pressure.  If it is farther north, the heavy snow band will be in Springfield.  If it is farther south, lower snowfall totals will be expected.  Right now, if anything I would favor the track being a little farther north rather than south.

The cold weather will stick around all this week.  More snow is expected on Friday night into early on Saturday.  Accumulations look to be minor.

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