Winters said heavier amounts of snow will fall in areas south of Interstate 80 with two to four inches expected.
The snow ends early Saturday morning with sunshine returning and highs staying in the 30s.
As you can see in the graphic above, local areas could get upwards of 16 inches of snow. The better chance for scattered power outages will be in areas where we are expecting freezing rain to accumulate.
A Winter Storm Watch has already been issued for southern IL into eastern Missouri ahead of the system.
Snow showers will arrive across central IN by early Saturday morning. But as the sun sets, the rain will likely transition over to snow as temperatures fall below freezing, according to the weather service. "More than 4" of snow will be possible around the St. Louis area.
The most intense precipitation arrives overnight Saturday into Sunday morning, falling mainly in the form of snow from Roanoke and Lynchburg northward.
Temperatures are expected to remain cold through the weekend.
Across the country's midsection, 40 million people are under a winter storm advisory, watch or warning. Snow is expected to begin late Friday night and continue through late Saturday morning.
Tomorrow: Snow early then cloudy, breezy and cold. It would be the most snow the city has had in a single storm since 2014 when a January blizzard dumped 10.8 inches. This will produce storm total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with locally higher amounts.