What a beauty! Sunshine and mild temperatures for most of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas Wednesday. There was more cloud cover and a bit of a chill closer to Central Missouri, but near and south of the state line sunshine and highs in the 70s provided a spring teaser.
The warmth will get swept out late tonight as a storm moves across the Ozarks. Scattered storms will move into our area late this evening, spreading east through early Thursday morning. Hail will be the primary mode for storms further north. There may be enough instability in Northern Arkansas into South Central Missouri to pose more of a threat for all modes of severe weather. Overall the higher severe weather risk, including tornadoes should remain near and south of a Ft. Smith to Poplar Bluff line.
By sunrise, colder air will begin flowing in. Temperatures will fall Thursday morning into the low 30s, holding steady during the afternoon. The bottom line is it will be a lot colder and brisk winds will make it feel even colder. Wind chills will fall into the teens and low 20s Thursday afternoon before possibly falling into the single digits Thursday night.
A cold finish to the week will give way to another warming trend with highs back in the low 60s by Sunday. The pattern will remain active into next week with the temperatures roller coaster showing no signs of coming to a stop.