Sunny today with a wintry mess this weekend

ABC News Winter Storm

A Winter Storm Watch has already been issued for southern IL into eastern Missouri ahead of the system.

Meteorologists predict periods of light snow late Saturday and again Sunday across Maryland, with at most a few inches of total accumulation. By 5 PM snow will begin to expand into southern Iowa and slowly creep north through the remainder of the evening.

Precipitation will change over to just plain rain across far southern and southeastern Virginia. The heaviest axis of snow will be along a line from Ottumwa to Mount Pleasant, and Galesburg with four to six inches looking likely in these areas.

The precipitation is expected to arrive by Saturday afternoon or evening and perhaps continue into Sunday afternoon, National Weather Service forecasters said.

This won't be like the December event where snow starts full-force.

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The advisory runs essentially along and south of I-80 where light snow is expected to create slick travel conditions.

For the metro, confidence is high that we will receive at least 1 to 3 inches of snow. However, an area of up to 6 inches of accumulation can occur with up to 12 inches possible.

Traveling to Kansas City for the Colts game? Moisture from Lake Michigan may produce a little boost in the snow around Chicago.

During Saturday night, the steadiest snow will retreat eastward to the Ohio Valley. The snow ends by Sunday with clearing skies into Monday of next week.

On the storm's southside, more heavy rain will fall on the already saturated South.

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