A change of forecast plans for the remainder of the week as it now looks like storm chances will linger over parts of the area into the weekend.
For tonight, some upper level energy will continue to combine with some instability to produce areas of rain and isolated storms over Southwest Missouri. The area of rain will slowly expand to the east into the early morning hours Wednesday, gradually falling apart by sunrise.
A front will slide through part of the area on Wednesday. Areas along and south of the front will have a chance for some shower and thunderstorm activity through the afternoon. The highest rain chances look like they’ll be near and south of I-44. Areas near Hwy. 54 will likely see a dry afternoon.
The front won’t get too much of a push from there, and this means it will stall over or just south of the area. This combined with some upper level energy spinning north away from an upper level low in Texas will lead to a chance for showers and thunderstorms through Friday. The higher rain chances will be south of Hwy. 60 on Thursday, but will spread further north on Friday.
A second front will sweep into the area on Saturday as a deeper trough develops over the Eastern U.S. A few showers and storms may accompany the front as it moves through during the day Saturday with the higher rain chances south of I-44. Storms will tend to shift south into Northern Arkansas by late afternoon Saturday.
A nice stretch of weather will settle in behind the front for Sunday into early next week. Humidity levels will be lower and temperatures will be comfortable Sunday and Monday. Highs will be back in the 80s by Tuesday.