Happy Tuesday! Mother Nature is giving us a late Christmas gift, wrapped in warm January weather and sunshine. Temperatures will remain unusually warm through Wednesday and will offer up a mix of sunshine and clouds with afternoon highs 15 to 25° above normal.
There really aren’t any weather concerns outside of the possibility of foggy weather Wednesday morning. The threat for fog and low visibilities will be highest east of Hwy. 65, particularly along Hwy. 60, north to I-44.
A stronger storm will sweep into the area Wednesday night bringing a risk of thunderstorms to parts of the area. It looks like enough instability will develop by mid to late evening for thunderstorms to blossom over Northern Arkansas, spreading northeast through midnight. A few of the storms could become strong with wind or hail possible.
The storm will also bring a shot of cold air to the Ozarks with some wraparound light snow possible near and north of the interstate Thursday morning. Little to no accumulation is expected at this time. Temperatures look like they’ll remain stuck in the 30s all day with gusty northwest winds driving wind chills down into the 20s.
After a cold day Friday, the mild January weather pattern will resume this upcoming weekend with highs back up near 60° Sunday.
MLK Day will come with mild temperatures and scattered showers and thunderstorms as the next storm moves into the region.