Gusty southerly winds have worked their magic with temperatures today about 15° warmer than yesterday. We hit 60° in Springfield with the promise that we'll do it again on Thursday. But, the warmth is not to last. Cold weather will make a comeback Friday and it will come with some wintry weather.
For tonight, we'll find mostly starry skies and temperatures falling through the 40s. It will remain a little on the windy side, making for a bit of a bite to the air despite only 40s for lows.
Temperatures will warm quickly under mostly sunny skies Thursday. Winds will remain gusty, becoming more southwesterly during the afternoon. Highs will be in the low to mid-60s.
A cold front will move through early Thursday evening with colder air building in behind the front through Friday morning. Temperatures will dip below freezing by sunrise and that's where they will remain in many spots north of the state line. A storm will spread precipitation into the area by late morning with an icy scenario developing for parts of Southern Missouri. Currently, it looks like mainly a cold rain over Northern Arkansas, an icy mix of sleet and freezing rain over Southern Missouri up to Hwy. 60. The cold will be deep enough for mainly snow closer to Central Missouri. Amounts won't be heavy, but it will likely be enough for slick areas to develop Friday afternoon and especially Friday evening.
Another fast moving storm will move into the area Saturday, but it looks like temperatures will be just warm enough for mainly some light rain toward evening.
Skies will try to clear Sunday with highs close to 40°. Monday looks pretty similar with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies and chilly afternoon highs in the upper 30s.
The next possible round of wintry weather will move in Tuesday. The ingredients may line up for a bout of light snow or a light wintry mix for parts of the Ozarks. Temperatures will remain cold into Wednesday before heading higher as we wrap up the week.
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