FIRST ALERT WEATHER: A warm wind today, rain tomorrow

Heavy rain is expected Tuesday night
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 7:21 AM CDT|Updated: 3 hours ago
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Happy Monday! We saw a very nice day on Sunday with highs around 60°, and today we’re going to “blow that away,” literally and figuratively. The wind is going to be quite gusty, with top speeds of 45-50 mph in western Missouri and near 40 mph in the Springfield area.

Wind gusts will top 40 mph over western and central Missouri.
Wind gusts will top 40 mph over western and central Missouri.(KY3)

Though we’ll see some increase in clouds, temperatures will warm into the middle 60s this afternoon. It will be cooler in the eastern Ozarks where low clouds may develop this morning, with upper 50s along highway 63.

With a gusty south wind, most areas will see highs skyrocket into the lower and middle 60s.
With a gusty south wind, most areas will see highs skyrocket into the lower and middle 60s.(KY3)

A cold front will drop into the area tonight and some showers are expected along and either side of it. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s near Stockton to lower 50s near Mountain Home.

Temperatures will be in the upper 30s on the north side of a front, but near 50° in Arkansas.
Temperatures will be in the upper 30s on the north side of a front, but near 50° in Arkansas.(KY3)

A few early showers are expected tomorrow, with more widespread rain developing again by midday or afternoon.

Showers will be ongoing early Tuesday with temperatures in the 40s.
Showers will be ongoing early Tuesday with temperatures in the 40s.(KY3)

Highs will be in the 40s and lower 50s tomorrow thanks to the clouds and rain.

With clouds, showers, and a north breeze, temperatures will be much colder.
With clouds, showers, and a north breeze, temperatures will be much colder.(KY3)

Rain could be heavy at times Tuesday night into Wednesday as a strong storm approaches from the west.

More rain will develop in Oklahoma and heat toward the Ozarks late in the day.
More rain will develop in Oklahoma and heat toward the Ozarks late in the day.(KY3)
Locally heavy rain will fall over Arkansas and far southern Missouri Tuesday night into early...
Locally heavy rain will fall over Arkansas and far southern Missouri Tuesday night into early Wednesday.(KY3)

Rain totals could be in the 2-4 inch range over southern Missouri and northern Arkansas by late Wednesday! This will mean some localized flooding risk and some rises on the area lakes.

Widespread rain amounts of 2-3 inches, and locally higher, are expected over the southern...
Widespread rain amounts of 2-3 inches, and locally higher, are expected over the southern Ozarks Tuesday into Wednesday.(KY3)

We’ll stay relatively mild through Thursday, but a secondary storm system will bring colder air and perhaps even some light snow Thursday night and Friday. Friday’s highs will only be in the 30s, but we’ll see a warmer weekend as the sun returns. Rain could return again early next week.