Holiday travelers may need to keep an eye to the skies and an ear to weather reports this weekend.The National Weather Service out of Springfield, Mo. is projecting snow and a wintery mix of sleet and snow across the area on Christmas Eve.

Holiday travelers may need to keep an eye to the skies and an ear to weather reports this weekend.The National Weather Service out of Springfield, Mo. is projecting snow and a wintery mix of sleet and snow across the area on Christmas Eve.

A winter storm is expected to move through beginning tonight and into tomorrow that could affect some peoples’ travel plans. But there is good news:

“It’s not going to be as bad as we thought it could be,” said Jonathan Kurtz, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield.

Although the models are “a bit discombobulated and not all agreeing,” Kurtz said the winter storm is expected to begin in Pittsburg as early as 4 p.m. and as late as 9 p.m. today.

As of late Wednesday, Kurtz said the storm would move in first with rain, then a mix of sleet and ice, followed by snow before tapering off around noon on Friday.

However, that doesn’t mean there will be a lot of the wintery precipitation. Kurtz said the forecasts are anticipating between 1/2 inch and 2 inches of snow “if we’re lucky.” Furthermore, there may be only a “glazing” of ice, but nothing major.

“Try to stay off the secondary roads,” Kurtz said. “The state and federal highways will probably be OK. Those side streets could be a little problem.”

The forecast could be a little more defined as the system moves closer on Thursday. But Kurtz said the storm should be nothing to worry about.

“Right now, it’s hard to pinpoint a consensus, since the models are not aligning,” he said. “But we were talking, and we think that the only reason this storm is significant is because of the dates. Because it’s Christmas and the holidays, people are taking it seriously.”

Andrew Nash can be reached at andrew.nash@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 ext. 132.

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