Happy Tuesday, friends!

The thaw has begun. Temperatures climbed well above freezing Tuesday afternoon after a frigid start to the day.

A warmer pattern is underway and gusty southerly winds are going to get us to the warmer temperatures we’ve been waiting for. A Wind Advisory has been posted for much of the area from 6 am Wednesday through midnight Wednesday night. Gusts to 45 mph will be common in the advised area with isolated gusts to 50 mph.

Wednesday’s wind will come with mainly sunny skies with temperatures climbing well into the 50s.

Windy weather will continue into Thursday with temperatures continuing to climb. The day will be cloudier with a mix of sun and clouds west to mainly cloudy skies to the east. Temperatures will climb into the 60s with some of the warmest readings we’ve seen since November.

The western trough will also draw moisture north from the Gulf as it sends a parade of storms through the region. The first of these storms will move through Thursday night. Most of the rain will remain confined south of the interstate. A few stronger storms are possible from Arkansas northeast into the West Plains and Alton, MO, area.

After a break from rain chances Friday, another storm will bring showers back to the area Saturday. The rain will clear out ahead of New Year’s Eve night with partly cloudy skies and chilly temperatures as we ring in the new year.

New Year’s Day will feature a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures running well above normal for early January.

Another storm will sweep through Monday into Monday night, and should be the strongest of the batch. Monday will turn breezy and showery with some thunder possible. A risk for stronger storms is on the table if enough instability can sneak north into the area.