Wow, was it warm today! Temperatures climbed into the low 80s across much of the area, but not quite warm enough to set record highs in most spots. The exception was in the Rolla area where a record high of 81° was reached.

We’ll be chasing record highs again Thursday, with another afternoon of November warmth. We’ll kick off the day with a mild morning with temperatures quickly warming into the 70s by noon. Afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 70s.

A strong cold front will be working toward the Ozarks by late afternoon Thursday. Showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop along and behind the front with rain arriving in the Springfield area around 7pm Thursday evening.

The band of showers and isolated thunderstorms will gradually shift east across the Ozarks Thursday night, slowly fading as it pushes southeast of the interstate.

We’ll wake up to a much colder pattern Friday with clouds making an exit during the morning. We won’t shake the cold temperatures and breezy northwest winds will make it feel like freezing through the afternoon.

The weekend will remain bright and cold. The cold pattern will continue into next week with the prospects of another storm moving through Monday into Tuesday. It will be an interesting scenario that could lead to an early dose of winter weather.