The rain came in waves today, and some of it was heavy. Rain totals by late evening topped an inch in Springfield with 1 to 3″ totals common to the north. More rain is expected, but we’ll see a lull in the action developing later tonight.
By late evening the showers will taper off from southwest to northeast with much of the rest of the night just cloudy and breezy. Temperatures will slowly rise tonight as warmer air moves north ahead of the next big storm.
By morning a band of rain with embedded thunderstorms will be setting up to the west. This band of rain will move into the Ozarks shortly after sunrise. No severe weather is expected, but locally heavy rain, some lightning, and strong wind gusts are possible. A Wind Advisory has been posted for the area from 10am Wednesday through 7pm Wednesday with gusts over 40 mph possible.
The band of rain will exit to the east by late afternoon Wednesday with clearing skies from the west. Skies in Springfield will clear out around mid-afternoon with temperatures warming into the mid-60s. Rain totals across the area will be in the 0.50″ to 1″ range.
Mostly clear skies and gusty winds will continue Wednesday night. Temperatures won’t fall all that much, only dropping into the 50s.
A secondary cold front will move in on Thursday. Skies will start sunny, but clouds will move in by afternoon out of the northwest. Winds will be strong again with gusts between 40 and 50 mph possible. Temperatures will be a little cooler with highs in the 50s.
The cloud cover will linger into Friday, clearing out during the afternoon. We’ll have a dose of colder temperatures with highs in the 40s.
Bright weather will follow for the weekend into early next week. The mornings will be cold with lows a little below freezing. Highs will generally be in the 50s. St. Patrick’s Day looks like the warmest day in the stretch with afternoon highs near 60°. The pattern looks like it will stay pretty quiet for a while.