Weather advisories posted with freezing rain, accumulating snow increasingly likely

Two rounds of winter weather may well affect much of Kansas before the upcoming weekend is out.

Light freezing rain is still possible early Friday morning as a cold front passes.

However, the main storm is set to arrive after noon Saturday. A mix of rain and freezing rain before sunset could lead to a gradual changeover to snow before midnight, with anywhere from two to five inches of snow possible for Lyon and surrounding counties. A band of four to seven inches is also possible across parts of Kansas.

Snow should end by noon Sunday.

Two advisories have now been posted for several area counties:

A freezing rain advisory is takes effect at midnight Friday to 9 am Friday for Lyon, Coffey, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties. A winter storm watch affects the same counties from late Friday night to late Saturday night.

So far, Chase and Greenwood counties have escaped the freezing rain advisory but are now in a winter storm watch from 3 am Saturday to 6 am Sunday.

Temperatures will be cold through the weekend, with highs struggling into the mid- and upper 20s through Sunday. Early predictions for Christmas Day, however, call for sunshine and a high of 37.

Meteorologists believe there should be enough snow on the ground and cold high temperatures before Christmas to give the area an official white Christmas, meaning at least one inch of snow on the ground.

With the prospects of icy driving conditions Friday morning and through the weekend, stay updated on KVOE and KVOE.com. Get instant alerts on Twitter and Facebook.

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