Weekend weather: What you need to know

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 2:20 p.m. CST; updated 4:42 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 19, 2013

COLUMBIA — A storm forecast for this weekend has the potential to bring rain and snow. Here are some things you might want to know:

What's the latest weekend forecast?

Rain is possible starting Thursday night, said Julie Phillipson of the National Weather Service in St. Louis. Rain is expected to continue Friday, gradually turning to freezing rain Friday night, continuing into Saturday. Snow is expected Saturday night, and it will taper off Sunday.

How much rain and snow could Columbia see?

Columbia could get 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain this weekend. The area is predicted to get 3 inches of snow between Saturday night and Sunday.

Why does the forecast keep changing?

The winter storm is approaching from southern California and Mexico, where upper atmosphere sampling is limited, Phillipson said, which is contributing to uncertainty in the forecast. 

Where can I find more information?

Up-to-date road condition information can be found on MoDOT's Traveler Information Map.

More information on current conditions and warnings can be found on the National Weather Service's forecast for Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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