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FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Rain for the lucky few today

Cooler air returns Thursday
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 7:21 AM CDT|Updated: 4 hours ago
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Good morning, and happy Wednesday! We’re starting hump day with warmer temperatures across the Ozarks thanks to some clouds and a south breeze.  Most areas are in the middle 50s.  A southwest wind will blow much of the day, and this will lead to highs in the 70s once again. 

With decent sunshine early in the day, temperatures will top out in the 70s.
With decent sunshine early in the day, temperatures will top out in the 70s.(KY3)

A cold front is going to move into the Ozarks starting this evening, and out ahead of it, we’ll see a gradual increase in moisture and cloud cover. 

Limited moisture will move into the area today, bringing a few spotty rain showers.
Limited moisture will move into the area today, bringing a few spotty rain showers.(KY3)

A few showers are likely, but the rain looks to be quite spotty and light due to meager moisture. 

A few showers will develop across the area from west to east, mainly in the afternoon and...
A few showers will develop across the area from west to east, mainly in the afternoon and evening.(KY3)

The front will gradually move through the region tonight with a few evening showers across far southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.  Drier air will come in behind the front and clear the sky with temperatures dropping into the 40s by tomorrow morning. 

A cold front will move through this evening, bringing lows in the 40s by Thursday morning.
A cold front will move through this evening, bringing lows in the 40s by Thursday morning.(KY3)

Thursday looks mainly sunny but a good deal cooler with highs in the 60s.  Another storm system will enter the central US late Friday, but not before we have a pleasant day with light wind, sunshine, and highs around 70°.  A south wind will start late Friday and moisture will move back into the region at night. This could lead to some scattered thunderstorms late Friday night (after football games) into Saturday morning.  Various models are a bit different on the target area for storms, but it looks like we could get some rain.  Temperatures will stay on the warm side on Sunday too with highs in the middle 70s.  We’ll be mainly cloudy, with a chance for some storms in the afternoon and evening.  A few showers may linger into Monday, but a weak front looks to stall in the area with little impact on temperatures.  Tuesday looks warm and dry at this point, with another chance of rain by Wednesday of next week.  Some models hint at a tropical moisture connection from the Pacific, but it’s too far out to pin down details.