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Winter storm to move in

The National Weather Service has warned of a potential winter storm Saturday and into Saturday night.

A winter storm is expected to impact much of the area beginning early Saturday morning and lasting into Sunday morning. This storm system will produce a mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow, with significant accumulations possible.

A freezing rain advisory was in effect overnight Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday, with the winter storm watch in effect from late Friday night through late Saturday night.

A round of sleet and freezing rain is possible starting after midnight on Saturday and lasting into the morning. A mix of sleet, freezing rain, and snow will continue through Saturday before changing to all snow on Saturday evening. Snow will end by sunrise on Sunday.

This weekend, there is a good chance for a band of 4 to 7 inches of snow, along with locally up to a half inch of sleet. Parts of east central Kansas may see up to a quarter inch of freezing rain as well.

Winds will increase from the north on Saturday night, with occasional gusts up to 25 mph.

Freezing drizzle will cause roads to become slick, especially bridges, overpasses and other elevated roadways. Weekend travel may become difficult or impossible across the watch area. Freezing rain accumulation in east central Kansas may be sufficient to cause localized power outages.

The winter storm watch is in effect for Osage, Jefferson, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey, and Anderson counties.

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