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STORM ALERT | Winter storm warning goes into effect at noon on Friday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire 5 On Your Side viewing area.

ST. LOUIS – Get ready for winter!

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire 5 On Your Side viewing area. This was upgraded from the previous winter storm watch.

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Heavy snow moves in tonight.

The winter storm warning goes into effect at noon Friday and lasts until midnight Saturday.

Snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are likely, and some spots may see a bit more. Some sleet could be mixed in over central and southeast Missouri Friday afternoon and evening.

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Total snow fall by Sunday morning.

If you’re traveling this weekend, you may want to reconsider. Hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute on Friday.  Heavy snow will fall Friday night and Saturday morning.  Snow showers are likely Saturday, but a second round of steadier, heavier snow may fill in Saturday late afternoon and evening.

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Future radar at Friday 7pm

According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm warning for snow and sleet means that heavy snowfall of 6 inches or more is expected. The rapid accumulation of snow will make travel extremely difficult, if not impossible. If travel is necessary, make sure to exercise extreme caution.

Begin your travel with a full tank of gas and carry a winter storm kit which includes a shovel, flashlight, cellphone, food and water, and blankets of extra warm clothing.

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5 On Your Side will keep you updated as we receive information from the National Weather Service.