Wednesday, January 15 Overnight Forecast

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We had one final day of mild, January temperatures ahead of a pattern flip. Temperatures managed to hit 60° Wednesday despite cloudy skies. Colder air will bully into the area tonight setting the stage for some icy weather heading into Friday.

For tonight, we’ll have mostly cloudy skies with temperatures falling through the 40s and 30s. Temperatures will eventually end up below freezing across the area by morning with lows ranging from the low 20s north to low 30s south.

High cloudiness will persist through Thursday making a cold day even colder. Temperatures will warm into the upper 30s north to low to mid-40s over Northern Arkansas. Winds will be breezy out of the northeast driving down wind chills. All in all, it looks like coat weather.

A set up for icy weather will take shape late Thursday night into Friday. A shallow layer of cold air near the surface with warmer air above that will lead to freezing rain. Some sleet may mix in at times with the heavier showers. Precipitation will move in after midnight Thursday night and continue through Friday. The freezing rain will gradually turn to rain from southwest to northeast late morning Friday into the afternoon with the rain expected to continue through much of the night.

SETUP FOR FREEZING RAIN FRIDAY MORNING

It looks like there could be some minor sleet accumulations with a tenth of an inch of ice up to a quarter of an inch of ice from near the interstate north into Central Missouri. A light glaze of ice is possible all the way down to near or just south of the state line. The heaviest ice accumulations with this storm will tend to be from around Lake of the Ozarks north across I-70 where freezing rain will be slowest to change over to rain.

FORECAST ICE ACCUMULATIONS

Impacts to roads will tend to be limited to bridges and overpasses. Spotty limb damage is possible, but more likely near Central Missouri and north. Things working against this being a more significant event is the narrow window for freezing rain with a changeover to rain. The possibility of sleet with the heavier showers will also cut into the amount of ice the area sees.

Rain totals with the storm will be impressive too for January. A general 0.50″ to 1.50″ is expected with the higher amounts north of the interstate.

Clouds will clear out early Saturday with temperatures tumbling from early morning highs in the low 50s to mid-30s after sunrise. Skies look bright the remainder of the day with temperatures recovering into the upper 30s and low 40s.

The second half of the weekend looks colder. Skies look rather cloudy through the morning with some thinning of the clouds later in the day. Temperatures will bottom out in the low to mid-20s during the morning with afternoon highs in the 30s.

Another shot of arctic air will build in early Monday. A bit of cloud cover could come with the front with temperatures tumbling into the upper 10s Monday morning with highs in the low to mid-30s.

The cold will continue through Tuesday with morning lows in the teens and afternoon highs looking a little better than Monday.

Another storm will move during the middle of the week, and if the cold air mass can hold on long enough we may be looking at another icy mix to rain scenario.

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Springfield

83°F Broken Clouds Feels like 84°
Wind
14 mph S
Humidity
53%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

A few showers. Low around 54F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
54°F A few showers. Low around 54F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
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8 mph W
Precip
70%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Broken Clouds

Branson

84°F Broken Clouds Feels like 86°
Wind
13 mph S
Humidity
51%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Showers and thundershowers this evening giving way to periods of light rain late. A few storms may be severe. Low 52F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
52°F Showers and thundershowers this evening giving way to periods of light rain late. A few storms may be severe. Low 52F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
Wind
14 mph NNW
Precip
100%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Clear

Harrison

81°F Clear Feels like 82°
Wind
16 mph S
Humidity
54%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Showers and thundershowers early, then overcast overnight with occasional rain. A few storms may be severe. Low 52F. SW winds shifting to NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall may reach one inch.
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Wind
14 mph NNW
Precip
100%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Broken Clouds

Rolla

81°F Broken Clouds Feels like 83°
Wind
9 mph N
Humidity
58%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Rain likely. Thunder possible. Low 51F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
51°F Rain likely. Thunder possible. Low 51F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
Wind
13 mph N
Precip
100%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
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West Plains

83°F Few Clouds Feels like 83°
Wind
8 mph S
Humidity
46%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Showers and thundershowers early, then overcast overnight with occasional rain. A few storms may be severe. Low 54F. SSW winds shifting to N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near an inch.
54°F Showers and thundershowers early, then overcast overnight with occasional rain. A few storms may be severe. Low 54F. SSW winds shifting to N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near an inch.
Wind
16 mph NNW
Precip
100%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous