Forecasters say a winter storm system moving in from the southwestern US could potentially drop 4 to 7 inches of snow in the watch area, with locally higher amounts possible.
Because the weekend is still days away, its too early to forecast snow amounts. Areas along and south of Highway 30 could see a few inches of snow, with lighter amounts to the north.
Castle Rock, Monument, Genesee, Evergreen, Conifer, Coal Creek Canyon, Nederland and Red Feather Lakes could see 6-12 inches of total snow accumulation.
A Winter Storm Watch has already been issued for southern IL into eastern Missouri ahead of the system.More news: Led coalition has started Syria withdrawal
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As the system moves east toward the southeastern United States snow will spread into central IL tonight and continue through the day Saturday. The steadiest snow is most likely late Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning. Some sleet and freezing rain will arrive Friday morning in Missouri, with snow starting to fall by midday. It's going to be another cold one today with temperatures topping in the upper 20's, about 5° below average. By 5 PM snow will begin to expand into southern Iowa and slowly creep north through the remainder of the evening. This is a major winter storm for the metro area that will last for about 36 hours.
Saturday: Snow continuing, tapering by the afternoon.
The City of Topeka said street crews are monitoring road and bridge conditions. Wintry mix showers will move out Monday morning.
100 percent chance of precipitation and new snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible.