Thursday, August 7 Overnight Forecast

By Jamie Warriner |

Published 08/07 2014 05:37PM

Updated 08/07 2014 10:37PM

Today turned out pretty nice after an early shot of heavy rainfall.  Storms moved through the area after midnight, exiting the Eastern Ozarks around noon.  Rainfall was heaviest near Hwy. 54 where most areas saw around 2".  This was good news for an area that has gone weeks without significant rainfall.  Rainfall totals fell off to the southeast with areas near West Plains not seeing much.  Springfield officially picked up 0.68" this morning.  Clouds gave way to sun and warm temperatures across Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas by this afternoon.  A front was also slowly pushing south through the I-44 corridor.  This coupled with an upper level disturbance is generating widely scattered showers and thunderstorms south of I-44.  These will continue to push toward the southeast this evening, likely fading away by midnight.  A few additional showers and thunderstorms may try to develop after midnight, mainly to the south.  Where skies try to clear out, patchy fog may form.

The front will push south of Hwy. 60 by Friday.  This will lead to mostly sunny and dry conditions for most areas near and north of Hwy. 60.  A few showers and thunderstorms will remain possible south of the front across Northern Arkansas Friday afternoon.  The activity doesn't look like it will be too widespread though, with no disturbances passing through to enhance it.

The pattern remains fairly active through Monday morning.  Episodes of showers and thunderstorms will be possible, focused around the overnight and morning hours.  With the front settling further south and southwest than earlier expected, this may tend to focus the rain further southwest as well.  Sunday looks like the drier and hotter day of the two with highs up around 90.  A more widespread round of rain and thunderstorms will arrive with a front Monday morning.  Drier and less humid conditions will follow the front through the middle of next week.  Another front and round of rain looks to move through by Friday.

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