Happy Friday! The soaking rains are over and the chill that came with the late-week storm will be replaced with a fast warming trend.

A widespread, steadier rain moved in Thursday evening and continued into Friday morning tapering off by noon. Clouds persisted but the clearing line was making steady progress southeast through the Ozarks by sunset.

Rain amounts were impressive, heaviest south of I-44 where 2 to 3″ was common. Flooding concerns have eased but area streams are still running fast and will take some time to fall back to normal levels.

It’s mostly good news as we look ahead to the weekend. There will likely be some fog development by morning with reduced visibilities impacting drivers early in the day.

Sunshine will become abundant though with more sunshine than clouds expected Saturday with highs in the upper 50s and low 60s.

Sunday into Monday looks even warmer, and breezier too. Both days will feature a mix of sun and clouds, dry conditions, and highs in the upper 60s and low 70s.

An early spring cold snap with below-normal temperatures will develop later next week and likely continue through the following weekend. The colder pattern will also come with cloudy skies and a showery pattern Tuesday through at least Thursday.

The colder pattern that follows may also offer up some chances of snow.

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