Rain has returned to the Ozarks!
A steady, mainly light rain, will fall throughout the night across much of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. It now looks like the threat for heavier rain and thunderstorm activity will stay south of the Ozarks with local rainfall totals generally around half an inch or less.
Rain will be on the way out by sunrise with the back edge of steadier rain located near Hwy. 65. The area of rain will shift off to the east by noon with skies staying mostly cloudy. It now looks like the area will stay on the north side of a frontal boundary and this will result in mild afternoon highs generally in the mid to upper 60s. Areas closer to I-49 will have a better shot at more sun and highs in the 70s.
The front will lift north across the area Friday night into Saturday morning opening the door to a more summerlike feel. Humidity levels will quickly climb Saturday with warm and sticky conditions Saturday afternoon. Morning clouds will thin out with mostly sunny skies during the afternoon. May sunshine will push temperatures well into the 80s. Rain chances look very low, but a few isolated showers and thunderstorms may manage to bubble up by late afternoon.
Weekend warmth will be the main headline this weekend and it will continue through Sunday with highs back in the mid to upper 80s. Weekend highs will be some of the warmest of the year so far and will flirt with record levels both days.
Sunshine Sunday will bubble up a bit more cloud cover than Saturday and rain chances look a little higher too.
The pattern will remain warm and humid through next week. The main storm track will continue to remain well north of the area keeping storm chances more spotty in nature. This will also keep wind energy levels lower in the area and severe weather chances more limited. Although the severe weather risk is limited, any storm that can develop next week could potentially produce some locally large hail and stronger wind gusts.
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