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A storm system is expected to bring widespread rain to central Missouri by Thursday evening that will continue on Friday and be followed by periods of snow Friday night and Saturday, according to advisories by the National Weather Service (NWS).

A flash flood watch will be in effect for much of central and southern Missouri from Friday into Saturday morning. 

The NWS reports multiple rounds of rain are expected Thursday into Saturday. The heaviest rain along with a few thunderstorms is expected Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. Runoff from the heavy rainfall could result in flash flooding on smaller creeks and streams. Also, river flooding is likely from late weekend into next week. 

Colder air will move into the area Friday night causing the rain to switch over to a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain from northwest to southeast. The wintry precipitation will continue into Saturday before the storm exits the area on Saturday evening. There remains some uncertainty with the track of this storm which could affect the location and amounts of this wintry precipitation.

Motorists are advised to avoid any low water crossings, and to never drive through running water.

 

Additional weather resources:

Mid-Missouri forecast, radar

Eastern Missouri river stages

Western Missouri river stages

Corps of Engineers Missouri River basin reports

Ameren's Truman and Bagnall Dam daily report

Missouri state highway road closings

 

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