The on and off rain since last night has kept much of the area soggy today, and it got even worse this evening as a band of heavy rain set up across Southwest Missouri. The persistent band of rain and thunderstorms has generated pockets of flooding, especially along Hwy. 60 from Verona, MO, northeast into Billings, MO. Radar estimates areas near Aurora and Marionville picked up over 6″ of rain Monday evening. This resulted in widespread flooding with water rescues also reported.
The band of rain over Southwest Missouri will wind down with another area of showers and isolated thunderstorms setting up over South Central Missouri into North Central Arkansas. This new area of rain will likely continue into Tuesday morning and could produce some heavy rain totals as well.
We’ll see a lull in the wet pattern later Tuesday morning into the afternoon. Breaks in the clouds will allow sunshine to push temperatures into the mid to upper 70s. Spotty showers and thunderstorms will develop later in the afternoon, with the highest rain chances west of Hwy. 65.
Another wave of upper-level energy will move in by Wednesday morning with a round of rain and thunderstorms, especially west of Hwy. 65. This wave may wind down by late morning with a flare-up in shower and thunderstorms during the afternoon especially along and east of Hwy. 65. Once again, no widespread severe weather is expected but there could be a few stronger storms with gusty winds and hail.
The wet pattern will shift into a warmer and drier mode around Thursday and continue through the weekend. This will happen as a ridge of high pressure in the atmosphere build west into the area. This will push the unsettled weather further west resulting in mostly dry conditions across the Ozarks. If we do see any wet weather it will tend to be west of Hwy. 65 and north of the interstate through Monday. Temperatures are looking warmer too with highs in the low to mid-80s on a daily basis this weekend into early next week. For many, this will be the warmest weather we’ve experienced so far this year.
The pattern looks like it will turn wetter again by the middle of next week.