Cool and damp weather will hang around into Thursday over parts of the Ozarks. Today’s wave of wet weather focused along and south of I-44, and it looks like this will be the favored area for more wet weather as the next storm in the pipeline moves northeast. Showers will continue south of I-44 the remainder of the evening with a steadier round of rain building northeast into the Ozarks up to I-44 Thursday morning. Areas north of I-44 will have drier weather, but there could be some reduced visibilities due to fog.
The rain will continue through sunrise along and south of I-44, shifting east out of the Ozarks Thursday afternoon. Areas to the west of Hwy. 65 and north of I-44 have the best shot at seeing sunnier weather develop Thursday afternoon and this is where temperatures should make it into the low to mid-70s. Clouds and wet weather will keep temperatures stuck in the 60s to the southeast. Soaking rains south of I-44 could top 1″ in places, but most locations will see under an inch.
Heading through late afternoon into the early evening there will be another cold front dropping in, and a few additional showers could pop up along the front. Skies will become clear overnight and temperatures will dip into the 40s. There could be some patchy fog given the clear skies, light winds and damp conditions from recent rains.
We’ll finish in winning fashion on Friday with a round of open window weather. The day will start crisp with temperatures in the 40s, but will warm nicely under sunny skies. Afternoon highs will be in the low 70s.
Weekend weather will feature a fast-moving storm passing by north of the Ozarks on Saturday. A wave of clouds and a few showers will move through during the morning with sunshine spreading back in during the afternoon. Temperatures will be warm with highs well into the 70s, but it will come with windy weather too with gusts of 30 to 40 mph possible.
A round of cool weather will follow Saturday’s storm with temperatures tumbling back into the 40s. Sunshine and highs in the low 70s will make for a beautiful backend to the weekend.
The pattern will then turn active again. Showers could return as early as Sunday night as a warm front lifts north back through the Ozarks. This front will then stall in the region and will likely not move too much most of next week as the jet stream develops more of a southwest flow over the Midwest as a trough settles into the Western U.S. This will lead to variable temperatures next week and the risk for showers and thunderstorms on nearly a daily basis. Locally heavy rain and the risk for severe weather may also be a concern at times too next week.