It’s been a mild week so far in the Ozarks and this will continue through Friday. Cold air returns starting Saturday which could set us up for a mix of winter precipitation Saturday night and Sunday.
The slow moving, warm for the season disturbance will continue to affect the Ozarks today. Patches of light showers will be around most of the day. A band of perhaps more steady rain will affect part of the area later tonight. It’s even possible a few thunderstorms could form over south-central Missouri and northern Arkansas late this afternoon and early evening.
This rain will exit late tonight as the upper air disturbance moves on.
As everyone probably as heard, Friday is going to be a warm day in the area! Sixties will be the rule for afternoon temperatures. Friday evening will be mild for the season too.
Weekend Frozen Stuff
A cold front will be dropping through the area on Saturday. This will give our area a temperature profile for a mix of winter precipitation Saturday night and early Sunday. The extent of this precipitation will greatly depend on a wave or tiny low pressure are which is forecast to develop along the cold front to our southeast.
If it does so with vigor then our precipitation totals would be enough to make a mess. It just has to be monitored. The breakdown would be snow to the northwest say in west-central Missouri and eastern Kansas. Then a band in the central part of the Ozarks could see a mixture of sleet and snow with perhaps some freezing rain mixed in.
The party is over with regard to warm temperatures. All of next week looks cold. Another front arrives later in the week keeping us on the cold side.
Generally, a bubble of arctic air is coming over into Canada for the next week or longer which will ensure that we stay on the cold side or normal for a while.