Forecast updated for Winter Storm - 7 to 10 inches expected

Graphic courtesy of ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team.

Meteorologist Neville Miller with the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team has updated his forecast for East Central Missouri (Franklin/Gasconade area) as the storm has strengthed, causing the National Weather Service to issue a **Winter Storm Warning**.

Snowfall amounts for the area have been updated, calling for a total of 7 to 10 inces.  Below is Neville Miller's updated forecast as of Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday evening (until midnight)
Precip: scattered rain showers
Amount: Up to .40" (rain)
Temp: mid/upper 40s dropping to near 40°
Wind: ENE 10-15 mph

Saturday night - Sunday morning (1 a.m. - 7 a.m.)
Precip: rain changing snow
Amount: 1" (snow)
Temp: upper 30s to low 30s
Wind: NE 10-15 mph

Sunday morning - early afternoon (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Precip: moderate to heavy snow with some thunder possible
Amount: 6-8" (snow)
Temp: low 30s
Wind: N 15-20 mph

Sunday late afternoon - evening (4 p.m. - 10 p.m.)
Precip: snow showers and flurries
Amount: 1" (snow) [storm total: 7-10"]
Temp: low 30s
Wind: NW 15-20 mph

Snowfall totals will depend on how quickly the rain will change to snow overnight as well as the possibility of thundersnow. Any area that receives thundersnow will have locally higher snow totals. 

There is the possibility of significant impacts due to the winter storm. With ground temperatures near/below freezing, snow will accumulate on roadways quickly Sunday mid-morning.

Northerly winds will be gusting to 30 mph through the day, causing drifting snow, especially on east-west highways. Also, tree limbs may break and power outages are possible due to the heavy, wet snow and gusty winds. 

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*There is still some uncertainty on with this winter storm. Any delay on the timing of temperatures dropping Saturday night and Sunday could affect snowfall amounts. Additionally, any areas that receive thundersnow, could pick up higher snowfall totals.*