ST. LOUIS – The first taste of winter arrived in St. Louis Thursday morning.

Cold temperatures and a wintry mix have come and parts of the metropolitan area is under a Winter Weather Advisory and more southern parts are under a Winter Storm Warning.

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Light freezing rain and sleet started early Thursday morning and should moved east by late morning.

Two more rounds of wintry weather are expected to hit our area. The first will come late Thursday afternoon and evening, bringing an additional wintry mix to the area of sleet and freezing rain, which will eventually turn into snow.

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Areas south and southeast of St. Louis will mainly get sleet and freezing rain. Areas along Interstate 44 and the I-70 corridor through Missouri and Illinois will transition into light snow.

The last round will come Friday morning and will be snow with up to two inches possible along and north of I-44/70 and as much as four inches southeast of I-44/70.

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Areas between Reynolds, Iron, Randolph, and Marion counties in Illinois may see higher snow totals, with possible accumulation up to six inches. They may also get sleet and freezing rain.

On Thursday afternoon, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced he has activated the state's emergency operations center.

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