Happy Tuesday and happy Election Day!

We had a taste of the warmth to come with highs well into the 70s over Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas.

We’ll all be enjoying warm weather Wednesday and Thursday with Wednesday shaping up to be the warmest with highs near 80°.

A strong cold front will flip the pattern to cold Thursday night. Showers and a few thunderstorms will arrive with the front late Thursday afternoon into Thursday night. A few stronger storms with wind and hail are possible Thursday afternoon north of a Joplin to Camdenton line. The storms will weaken as the line shifts east, but they’ll still soak areas along and north of the interstate with a quarter to half an inch of rain. Amounts will quickly fall off to the southeast.

The end of the week will feel significantly colder with winter cold arriving Friday and lasting into next week.

The pattern may offer up a chance for a light wintry mix for parts of the area sometime Tuesday into Wednesday of next week.