Winter storm watches posted; confidence growing slowly in weekend forecast

Wintry weather is still likely across the entire KVOE listening area between now and Sunday.

Winter storm watches now cover the listening area for the weekend, with Lyon, Coffey, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties involved from 6 pm Saturday to 6 am Monday. Chase and Greenwood counties are under a separate watch from 6 pm Saturday to 6 pm Sunday.

WIBW-TV meteorologist Drew Switzer says this has been a very difficult forecast to pin down.

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Having said that, confidence is finally increasing for projecting a snow-sleet mix this weekend -- and just how much we could see.

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Higher snow and sleet totals are setting up along and north of U.S. Highway 56. It now appears the chances of freezing drizzle and freezing rain are diminishing.

Regardless, area road crews are standing by. Emporia Public Works Director Ron Childers says not having the freezing drizzle and sleet Friday morning helped his crews.

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County Engineer Chip Woods says the biggest concern for him, believe it or not, isn't the precipitation.

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Air temperatures could go down to minus-1 Sunday evening.

With the forecast still unsettled and with the risk of hazardous driving conditions through the weekend, stay updated on KVOE and KVOE.com. Get instant weather and travel alerts on Twitter and Facebook.

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