Dry and warm today, severe risk tonight —
We’re starting out mostly cloudy and warm this morning with lows in the 60’s.
Temperatures are staying warm as moisture pushes into the Ozarks on steady south winds. Today, south winds could gust to 30 mph again, pushing highs back to near 80 degrees. It will also feel a little stickier with dew points approaching the 60 degrees mark.
By tonight a strong cold front and associated low-pressure center set up to our west. Showers/ storms arrive northwest by 10 PM with storms pushing southeast and becoming more widespread overnight.
With these storms, we have a SLIGHT RISK posted for severe weather. Timing of this severe risk will be overnight, 12 AM to 6 AM. The primary threats will be large hail, damaging winds (especially if storms organize into line segments), and locally heavy rain with 1″ totals possible.
An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, especially tucked to the northwest of Springfield. One or two weak, brief tornadoes could be embedded in these line segments.
Showers/ storms push into the eastern Ozarks by sunrise with the severe threat diminishing.
Winds shift to the north on the backside of the front, ushering in clouds and cooler temperatures. A few showers could linger on Thursday afternoon with much cooler highs in the 50’s.
Sunshine returns on Friday on breezy north winds, highs will be cool around 60 degrees.
Southerly winds push highs back into the 70’s by the weekend. A beautiful Easter ahead!
Next storm chances return early next week.