Another mild February day is in the record books. Despite a thickening deck of high cloudiness, temperatures managed to climb into the low 60s. That brings our current mild spell to three straight 60° days.

The mild pattern will bring another round of rain and thunderstorms to the area Wednesday. Showers will start to creep into the area before sunrise with a band of rain and thunderstorms setting up to the west.

The line of storms will sweep quickly across the area Wednesday morning, exiting the Eastern Ozarks by early afternoon. Sunshine will fill in behind the morning rain with a mild and windy finish to the day.

The round of storms will come with a limited severe weather threat. It’s a classic early spring setup with a storm with plenty of wind energy, but very limited amounts of instability. This will yield a threat of locally damaging wind gusts. An isolated, brief tornado threat will also accompany the line.

A quick round of heavy rain will also accompany the squall line with some areas picking up over an inch of rainfall. Currently, it looks like the heavier rain will focus near I-44. The brief round of heavy rainfall could lead to some short-lived street flooding.

Gusty winds and sunshine will follow the storms with areas near and west of Hwy. 65 looking at gusts possibly topping 40 mph.

Temperatures will remain mild into Wednesday night but will tumble by sunrise as a strong cold front clears the region. Readings will dip into the 30s before rebounding into the 40s Thursday afternoon. The colder weather will at least come with sunshine.

We’ll head into the weekend with chilly temperatures and increasing cloud cover. The weekend has a mostly cloudy look to it with a chance for a few showers at times. Temperatures will slowly heady higher with another storm bringing rain and gusty winds Monday.