Rain starts Thursday night and lasts into the weekend

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – There are two weather systems in play this week. A cold front from the north, a slow one and a new low pressure coming up from the southwest. That will come out in a few pieces. But, the focus is on rain. More mild times and windy on Thursday.

More clouds in play on Thursday but still in the southerly flow. A little windy and we stay mild as the melt down goes on. Two players now set in gear, a struggling cold front to the north and a southwest low that will lift up and over the Mid-West.

This is a rain-maker. Rain develops on Thursday night with showers and then a steady rain after midnight. More rain Friday, Friday night and Saturday. There will be heavy rain at times and some flooding is possible with the frozen ground.

The end of the system, gives us the best shot of a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow late Saturday night and Sunday But, the moisture will be limited at that time.

Cold Sunday night and Monday. Christmas Eve and day look quiet and dry. Still, there are concerns of a major ice storm for northern Missouri, Iowa, and northern and central Illinois over the weekend. Keep that in mind for travel.

Thursday:

Mostly cloudy, windy and mild
Winds: South 15-25 m.p.h.
High: 55 degrees.

Thursday night:

Clouds and chilly with periods of all rain
Winds: South 5-15 m.p.h.
Low: 45 degrees.

Friday:

Cloudy with periods of rain…colder…but not cold enough
Winds: West 5-15 m.p.h.
High: 45 degrees

Period of rain Friday night and Saturday…a limited winter’s mix late Saturday night and Sunday…very cold Sunday night and Monday.

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