Friday forecast: Rain today, snow by tonight with several inches likely

ABC News Winter Storm

A winter storm watch is in effect for that part of the state.

"Between 3-5" of snow is possible in Marion and Warren Counties, with higher totals expected closer to the Iowa-Missouri Border.

The storm will move into the Kansas City area Friday, starting out as rain and drizzle that will transition to a wintry mix Friday afternoon.

"Since then, we've only had 2.3" of snow.

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As of Thursday afternoon, the weather service's forecast specifically for Lawrence predicted a rainy Friday. The steadiest snow is most likely late Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning.

The system will be moving out of the Kansas City, MO area by kick-off of the Chiefs vs. Colts game.

Snow should overspread the viewing area in the 7 to 11 a.m. time frame Saturday morning.

The winter weather is expected to make travel hard in the Kansas City area, with the greatest impact to travel Friday night through Saturday morning. The cold conditions continue Friday with highs in the 30s once again under cloudy skies.

A Winter Storm Watch is advanced notice that the potential for severe winter weather exists in the Watch area, but it does not mean it is a certainty. Wind chills will be in the low 20s and will make it feel even colder!

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