A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for tonight along and north of a line from Jasper, AR, through Salem, MO.  It’s been a wet evening so far with a few reports of sleet or snow mixing in closer to Hwy. 54.  Rain will continue with a gradual transition to snow from northwest to southeast.  The snow will accumulate mainly on grassy surfaces and elevated areas, but roads could become slushy in spots where the snowfall rates are higher.  Totals of 1 to 2″ are expected near I-44, locally as much as 3″.  Amounts will drop off further north and south.  Totals along the southern edge of the advisory should remain less than an inch.

The snow will exit early Saturday morning with clearing skies.  The afternoon looks fairly sunny with clouds increasing by the end of the day.  Temperatures will make it above freezing, melting off a lot of the snow that does fall.

A fast moving system Sunday night will produce another wave of light snow late in the night, ending Sunday morning.  A dusting to a half an inch is possible, mainly closer to Hwy. 54.  Arctic air moving in during the day will make for a cold Christmas Eve with afternoon highs in the low to mid 30s.  Skies will become partly cloudy during the afternoon.

Christmas Day looks cold with a lot of high cloudiness making for a partly to mostly cloudy day.  Temperatures will range from the upper 10s early to upper 30s during the afternoon.

The rest of the week looks cold with morning lows in the 10s and 20s and afternoon highs in the 30s.  The pattern will feature fast moving clippers that are tough to pin down this far in advance.  The best chance for some light snow appears to be on Thursday with most of the rest of the time looking dry.