Some locations in the Ozarks may see the thermometer touch near eighty. A front will change that this weekend.
(Note: I’ll continue to mirror weather posts here but the favored site in the future will be the Daily Weather Blog at Ozarks Weather)
For this time of year, upper seventies/lower eighties are about as warm as it gets. In fact, today’s record high is 79° recorded in 1983 and we’ll be close!
The pattern features a broad fetch of warm southwesterly winds. It will only be around for today so enjoy the warm! (hooky!)
Changeable Weekend Weather
A cool front will drape itself across northern Arkansas on Saturday. This will not only cool us down (not frigid just not near records!) but also set up a period or two of rain and showers.
This is good news of course despite the weekend timing as the drought is wearing away on its eastern edge which includes much of the Ozarks.
Rain totals over the weekend might just exceed one inch from Springfield on east with a bulls-eye over southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.
This type of east-west rain pattern is common (and welcome) along fronts lined up in the same way. A ‘wave” or low pressure area traveling along the front on Sunday will spike rain chances.
The first hints of rain will wait until late Saturday afternoon with several rounds of showers after that through early Monday morning.
As for temperatures, its hard to follow near eighty! On Saturday, the front will cause a gradient of temperature with seventies still possible in northern Arkansas and only fifties up around Lake of the Ozarks.
Traveling Weather Systems
Next week, at least two addition precipitation chances should visit the Ozarks. One on Wednesday and another, stronger system late week.
The temperatures will be coldest around Monday/Tuesday.