Friday, April 27 Morning Forecast

Sunny & mild today, beautiful all weekend!

Sunny & mild today, beautiful all weekend! ---

Clouds have cleared overnight behind the low-pressure center that kept clouds lingering on Thursday. Friday will be beautiful!

Today expect lots of sunshine, bright blue skies. Highs will be mild, in the upper 60's, the average for this time of year is 71 degrees.

Tonight skies will be clear with lows in the middle 40's.

Tomorrow a low pressure swings through the Great Lakes. A cool shot of Canadian air spills in behind it, bringing cooler air into the Ozarks. Highs north and east of Springfield (around Rolla, Lake of the Ozarks) will get stuck in cooler lower 60's. Highs to the south and west (Harrison, Joplin) stay warm nearing 70 degrees. Springfield may take a hit of a few degrees but stay mild in the upper 60's.

Bottom line, there may be a large range in temperatures across the Ozarks on Saturday from cooler lower 60's to warmer lower 70's. Regardless, it will still be beautiful with lots of sunshine and spring-like temperatures!

Cool air sticks around Saturday night, areas closer to the high to the north and east may find patchy frost by Sunday morning as lows dip into the upper 30's and lower 40's.

Sunday a ridge, or warming, dry pattern in the upper-levels of the atmosphere, starts to build just to our west, sending a steady southwest wind into the Ozarks. That will kick the cooler air out, sending highs into the low to middle 70's area-wide. Skies remain sunny!

The warming trend continues on Monday and Tuesday with a breezy southwest wind and highs nearing 80 degrees.

Clouds increase Tuesday as the warm, dry pattern starts to break down and a storm system approaches from the west. I do think we'll stay dry on Tuesday, an isolated storm is possible overnight but we should really hold off on the rain chances until Wednesday.

Wednesday and Thursday look stormy. The pattern set-up will be full of Gulf moisture thanks to our week of warming. The upper-level winds will steer wind shear (change in wind speed/ direction with height) and instability (fuel for storms) into the area. This all means we will have to keep an eye out for rounds of storms, heavy rain, and severe weather middle to late next week. Keep up to date with the latest forecast!

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