This weekend in Mid-Missouri felt more like winter than it did fall. A dusting of snow on Saturday morning was followed by a blustery cold day, with high temperatures only making it into the 30s. Then, as if that taste of winter wasn’t enough, Saturday night’s conditions made for what was the coldest night Mid-Missouri has seen since March. Temperatures took a dive into the lower 20s and upper teens to the far northern portion of the viewing area. The recorded low at Columbia Regional Airport was 20 degrees, a -12 degree departure from normal.
Sunday morning, a shift in the winds from the north to the south resulted in a warm up in temperatures, a theme that will continue through Thursday of this upcoming workweek.
As high pressure to our south continues to shift eastward, the back flow will advect warmer air into or region. Upper level heights will rise and the intensification of southerly low level flow will commence, which will become apparent in the daytime highs for the first half of the week.
The 50s will return Monday, pushing our temperatures to near or just above average. As we head into Thursday, temperatures will become increasingly warm. Many areas are expected to reach the lower 60s by Thursday.