Meteorologists say a compact, dynamic winter weather system is headed toward Missouri, after coming through Eastern Nebraska and Iowa last night. Ryan Cutter with the National Weather Service in Kansas City says the process is already started.

“Winds are beginning to move across Missouri as it is. We’re pretty much expected the 30 to 40 mph winds to prevail throughout most of the day. The winter weather is going to take a little bit longer, say late morning to the afternoon overnight hours for snow to spread in and begin to accumulate. So the winter weather advisory is out through the overnight hours tonight,” Cutter said.

Cutter says the high for Saturday for much of the state was likely in the morning. Temperatures are expected to drop starting in the afternoon. Snow is expected to drop shortly after.

“Most of it is going to be confined to the Northern half of the state with the highest accumulations probably in north central, northeast Missouri. As you move, say, south of the Missouri river accumulations aren’t going to be that much. You’ll get the cold air and cold winds, of course, but not so much in the way of snowfall that you’ll get to the north of the Missouri river,” Cutter said. “(The storm will be) bringing maybe three to four inches up in northeast, north central Missouri around the Kirksville area. If you’re back on the west side of the state back around Kansas City, maybe around and inch of accumulation overnight tonight.”

Cutter says the cold temperatures will allow the snow to stick around for a few days. He expects temperatures to warm up enough mid-week to melt away whatever snow Missouri does get.