STORM MODE: Winter Weather Advisory issued for the Ozarks

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If you had anywhere to be your window of opportunity is closing.

A winter storm is expected to bring some slick travel conditions for most of the area today. Those figures increase to the 3- to 5-inch range for Sussex County. Snowfall may total over 6-inches in portions of northwest in where lake-enhanced snowfall could combine with system snow. Most of the area could see accumulations of 3 to 5-inches with lesser accumulations of 1 to 3-inches far north in counties adjacent to the Illinois-Wisconsin state line.

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Ice accretion will become less of a problem as the heaviest precipitation will be exiting the region and most locations will rise above freezing through early evening.

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The advisory warns any Christmas Eve travelers that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain could make travel hard. Power outages are possible.

There's a chance of rain throughout the day today, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a winter weather advisory from 1 p.m.to midnight in Putnam County.

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We've gone from forecasting what looked to be a fairly low impact event Thursday night to one that now looks like it could cause some travel trouble on the roads Friday night into early Saturday. Sunday is still looking better for travel, with more snow for Christmas Day.

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