Scattered snow and rain for Thursday afternoon

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The map is an EARLY look to give you a heads up about our winter weather potential.

Winter storm watch in effect from Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 3 to 6 inches, are expected. Slushy accumulation of up to an inch will be possible this morning across northwest Montana.

As snow spreads across the mountains on Wednesday, Denver and the Front Range should see rain showers during the afternoon and maybe a brief period of snow Wednesday evening.

Another weather system coming into the region on Friday could bring more snow with it, Temeyer said.

Kosarik said the National Weather Service is continuously working to help keep people updated with the winter storm, but at the moment, not everything is known. Winter Storm Hunter will soon be slamming most of the country with snow, sleet, and ice. Temperatures stay well below freezing through the weekend, with highs only in the low to mid 20s.

"This will gradually shift to eastern Arkansas by around midnight", forecasters wrote in the advisory notice on Thursday morning, noting the wintry weather is mainly expected north of Jasper, Clinton, Heber Springs and Augusta. Friday high temperatures will be around 48 degrees around daybreak, and cool into the lower 30s Friday afternoon.

In Niles, the Wellness Center will close at 5 p.m. today, and reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday - weather permitting. From Saturday through Wednesday, highs will be in the teens and lows in the single digits. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. For those with temperamental vehicle batteries, it's a reminder the overnight lows may again range from 14 below zero to 20 below. Before leaving, make sure that the vehicle is equipped with an emergency snow kit that begins with a cell phone according to Winnebago and Hancock County Emergency Management Coordinator Andy Buffington.

KYTC encourages motorists to closely watch weather forecasts as the storm arrives.

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