FIRST ALERT WEATHER: After today, a huge warm-up!

It will be windy Saturday and Monday
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 7:21 AM CDT|Updated: 4 hours ago
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Good morning and happy Friday!  Temperatures are chilly this morning, but the wind chill is what you’ll likely notice.  While the breeze isn’t all that strong, it’s sufficient for some single-digit wind chills.  The good news about today is full sunshine for the first time all week.  It will be colder again, however, with highs ranging from around freezing near Rolla to around 40° near the Kansas line and in northern Arkansas. 

The biggest drop will be in the northern Ozarks, but highs will be similar to Thursday in...
The biggest drop will be in the northern Ozarks, but highs will be similar to Thursday in Arkansas.(KY3)

High pressure will slide from Iowa into Illinois late today and into the Tennessee Valley overnight.  Our wind will be from the south starting late today and continue through the night, bringing early lows in western Missouri and perhaps mid 20s around West Plains. 

Temperatures will bottom out this evening and warm slightly overnight in some areas thanks to a...
Temperatures will bottom out this evening and warm slightly overnight in some areas thanks to a south breeze.(KY3)

We’ll be steady or even warm slightly overnight, with a warmer day on Saturday. 

High clouds will move in quickly on Saturday, but with a stiff wind, temperatures will warm...
High clouds will move in quickly on Saturday, but with a stiff wind, temperatures will warm into the 50s.(KY3)

We’ll start with sun, but clouds will increase quickly as high-level moisture moves in.  The wind will be gusty at times with top speeds over 30 mph. 

Top wind gusts will be over 30 mph over much of the Ozarks.
Top wind gusts will be over 30 mph over much of the Ozarks.(KY3)

A weak front will settle into the area and perhaps move just through the Ozarks Saturday night.  It will have little impact, however, with less wind and even warmer temperatures on Sunday. 

The front will make little difference in our weather, with even warmer temperatures Sunday.
The front will make little difference in our weather, with even warmer temperatures Sunday.(KY3)

Low pressure will form to the west on Sunday night, bringing a warm front through the Ozarks.  A wind advisory is possible Monday as wind gusts may near 45 mph during the afternoon. 

Top wind speeds could exceed 40 mph Monday, but it will be warm!
Top wind speeds could exceed 40 mph Monday, but it will be warm!(KY3)

With warmer temperatures aloft we may see highs as warm as the middle 60s depending on clouds.  Another front will slide in Monday night and early Tuesday, with sufficient moisture for some rain or at least scattered showers. 

A front will move in Monday night with some rain developing into Tuesday.
A front will move in Monday night with some rain developing into Tuesday.(KY3)

Some upper energy is expected to hang back in the southern plains and models are having difficulty with the timing of its eastward movement.  For now, we have rain in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, but it will stay relatively mild.