It's not what you want to hear right before Christmas, but a snowstorm is in the works over the central United States this weekend. The typical challenges exists with this storm system....the exact track, rain/snow line locations, and of course the intensity of the precipitation. Here are two scenarios for the winter system.
Model # 1 develops the storm over Texas on Saturday, with rain to start and a switch-over to freezing rain and snow across western Oklahoma and Kansas. The storm then heads northeast toward central Illinois on Sunday, with a swath of snow to the northwest of the surface low track across much of Missouri, southern Iowa, and northeast into southern Wisconsin. Heavy snow over 6" would be possible in middle of this snow path.
The European model tracks the storm farther north, shifting the heaviest belt of snowfall all the way from northern Texas, through the heart of Kansas, extending as far north as Omaha...then east toward Chicago and Green Bay. Some suggestions put the heaviest snowfall at nearly a foot.
North winds are likely to create blowing snow areas, so if you are planning to travel roadways in this section of the country this weekend, pay close attention to latest forecasts.