Happy Tuesday! There are only 12 days until Christmas!

It was windy and it was wet Tuesday. Wind gusts topped out around 40 mph this morning ahead of a band of steady rain. The rain dropped amounts up to an inch in the area, but most areas reported totals closer to half an inch.

Heading into the overnight, showers linger east of Hwy. 63. Temperatures will remain relatively mild ahead of a front that will gradually cool things off and clear out the rain and clouds as it heads east tonight.

Sunshine finally returns to the area Wednesday, but we will have some cloud cover to contend with during the morning. There will also be some rain with a quick-moving system that will bring a round of wet weather to areas east of a Mtn. Home, AR, to Salem, MO, line.

Seasonably cold weather will settle in later this week and through the weekend. The cold will come with sun and clouds Thursday and Friday with mostly sunny skies this weekend. Precipitation returns Monday with light rain possibly mixing with some light snow.

A frigid blast of weather is expected later in the week and it could bring single-digit lows and highs below freezing to the area in the days before Christmas. A cold pattern will also boost our chances for a little snow ahead of Christmas Day.