A cool damp day gave way to some heavy rain and thunder this evening. Rain totals have been heaviest from Pineville, MO, east through Norfork, AR, where 1 to 3″ of rain has fallen this evening. It looks like the heaviest of the rain has passed, but light to moderate rain will continue for much of the rest of the night near and south of Hwy. 60.
Much colder air will also flood the area behind a front that will be sweeping in from the north. Temperatures will begin to tumble late this evening to the north with the front expected to move across Springfield around midnight. Temperatures will bottom out in the low to mid-30s after sunrise Thursday with upper mid to upper 30s south of the state line. There may be just enough of an overlap of lingering drizzle and freezing temperatures for a bit of freezing drizzle near the interstate east of Springfield Thursday morning, but no major impacts are expected.
Showers and drizzle will end from the northwest through the morning with clearing skies following. Skies will become mostly sunny by early afternoon south to the interstate, but the clearing will be slower during the afternoon to the south. Temperatures will try to recover into the upper 30s to low 40s.
Winds will be gusty in the wake of tonight’s front with brisk winds continuing through Thursday. This will lead to wind chills near or below freezing throughout the day.
A very cold night will follow. Under clear skies and with lighter winds temperatures will fall into the low to mid-20s.
Friday will be sunny and chilly with afternoon highs in the 40s. The cold will give way to a much warmer weekend. Sunshine and southwest winds will lead to a big pop in temperatures Saturday with afternoon highs in the upper 50s to mid-60s. A cold front will drop south into the area Sunday, but it looks slow enough for much of the area to warm into the 60s again.
Clouds will be on the increase by late afternoon with showers possible overnight. An early arctic air mass will invade the area by Monday morning sending temperatures falling below freezing. This will lead to a chance for a light wintry mix early Monday that would wrap up as light snow. It’s early, but light accumulations are possible.
Bitterly cold weather will follow with morning lows in the teens possible Tuesday and Wednesday and afternoon highs that might not make it above freezing Tuesday. Temperatures will begin to moderate on Wednesday.