First measurable snow of the season expected Saturday

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Many people across the St. Louis region saw snow flurries and pockets of light snow of Thursday. That was a preview of this weekend. St. Louis should see the first measurable snow of the season on Saturday.

Clouds will increase by Saturday morning and the snow begins around midday. Prime time for snow is from Noon to Midnight. Totals should be less than 1" from St. Louis south and southeast and 1" to 2" northwest and north. These totals aren't very high, but the first snow of the season almost always means a mess for drivers.

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Some additional light snowfall during the day on Sunday may add a little to the accumulations.

The chance of accumulating snow this weekend has MoDOT, IDOT, and other city and county road crews on their toes. MoDOT crews began pre-treating major highways, ramps and bridges in the Kansas City area Friday morning ahead of Saturday's snow. That snow is expected to arrive in the St. Louis area around midday Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service's St. Louis office, the average date of the first measurable snow in St. Louis is December 4. The region has seen snow as early as late October in years past, so this is no record. Most recently, the earliest St. Louis snow was 0.2" on November 3, 1997.  In 2013, St. Louis saw it's first snow on December 5, receiving 0.5".