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he image posted is a snapshot of a forecast model for Friday depicting snow possible in the area. The picture is also has a note on it that says "Pivot Point". What the heck is a pivot point? We will explain on the next newscast.

Rain is expected on Thursday, but it will spotty or kind of hit and miss as a cold front moves southeastward through the Tri-States.
The cold front is part of a pretty large and slow moving winter storm system is expected to affect the area with the rain Thursday and then snow Friday. There may be a bit of a transition of a wintry mix of precipitation Thursday, then snow showers and brisk, gusty winds over far northeast Missouri, southeastern Iowa and western Illinois Thursday night through Friday. We feel pretty confident there will be snow and it will accumulate in parts of the Tri-States. Right now it looks like an inch or less but that could change as the storm is developing. What we are not confident about is the timing or the onset of the wintry weather. Much of the area will be hovering around the freezing mark so that may eat into some of the snow accumulations too. This is not a blanket type snow for the entire area. This storm as it looks now looks very spotty so one county may get barely a dusting and another get over and inch. It looks like the heavy snow associated with this winter storm will stay well away from the area most likely in northern Iowa and northern Illinois where they may see 3-6 inches or more. The image posted is a snapshot of a forecast model for Friday depicting snow possible in the area. The picture is also has a note on it that says "Pivot Point". What the heck is a pivot point? We will explain on the next newscast.

Brian Inman

Chief Meteorologist of the WGEM StormTrak Weather Team

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