Chilly temperatures today are about ready to give way to warmer weather for Thanksgiving. Tonight high pressure will keep the sky nice and clear. Lows will drop to around 30. Southwest winds will increase Wednesday and usher in nice warm air. Highs are projected to top out in the upper 50’s.
Thanksgiving also looks like a wonderful day. Conditions should be prime for the Turkey Trot in the morning with temperatures in the mid 30’s. Sunshine and a nice south breeze will warm things to the low 60’s in the afternoon.
Unfortunately there will be a break in the nice weather Friday. Rain should move in early in the day. Moderate rain can be expected through midday. Then slowly taper off during the late afternoon. Temperatures should begin in the low 40’s and wind up around 50. Although I would not be surprised if many stay in the 40’s all day!
The warmth then resumes on Saturday. Very strong south winds will develop during the afternoon. Gusts could top 25 mph. This combined with some sunshine may be enough to kick temperatures up to the mid 60’s or higher.
Sunday then features weather going in the other directions. A very deep area of low pressure is forecast to cross the plains. Strong winds all night will keep temperatures very mild with morning readings in the mid 40’s.
The cold front then crashes through the Ozarks turning winds to the northwest and drawing in much colder air. Temperatures are likely to take a huge dive during the day. Readings could fall to the mid 30’s by afternoon.
Moisture wrapping around this storm into the cold air could produce light snow or flurries for areas north of I-44. Right now I do not see anything more than a dusting but stay tuned just in case. The winds Sunday will be brutal gusting from the northwest around 35 mph. Needless to say wind chills in the afternoon will not be pleasant. The colder weather then sticks around through early next week.