DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS ARE SET TO IMACT MID-MISSOURI THIS MORNING INTO WEDNESDAY, WITH WIND CHILL READINGS AS LOW AS -25. ALL COUNTIES ARE EITHER UNDER AN WIND CHILL ADVISORY OR A WIND CHILL WARNING THROUGH 6 PM WEDNESDAY.
WEDNESDAY: Another record cold day is possible, with afternoon highs struggling to climb out of the single digits. The record for the lowest high is 8 set back in 1965, and it’s quite possible we’ll set a new record this afternoon. With the bitterly cold air in place, temperatures will struggle to climb above 5 degrees in many spots. Additionally, many areas will see an extended period of time where the wind chill readings are below zero. Thankfully, winds will begin to subside into Wednesday as high pressure settles in over us. This will lead to many locations seeing winds out of the northwest up to 10 mph, with wind chills near -10.
This afternoon, a quick-moving clipper system will slide southeast, giving many of us a chance at picking up a quick dusting up to an inch of snow. This could be affecting the evening commute, so be cautious on the roadways coming home, as slick spots will be easier to come by with temperatures in the single digits. This is where there is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 3 PM this afternoon until midnight tonight for our areas south of I-70, where some slick spots may be expected.
TONIGHT: After a few snow showers early in the evening we will dry out tonight with mostly cloudy skies sticking around. Temperatures through the night remain pretty steady, but falling to near 3 degrees by morning time. Wind chill will be a factor, but luckily not as harsh with winds settling out of the east to southeast through the night to 5 mph. Wind chills will still be close to -5 degrees. Bundle up!
EXTENDED: Thankfully, the bitter cold will be short-lived, with a slight thaw possible for Thursday afternoon. The rest of the week will see a quick warming trend, as the jet stream retreats back to the north. Friday highs rebound back in the lower 40s. The weekend looks gorgeous with highs Saturday back in the mid 50s, with a spot shower possible. Winds picking up out of the southeast on Sunday will bring highs close to 60 to end the weekend. With the warmer weather, Sunday could bring a chance of scattered showers through the afteroon. Watch ABC 17 News for the latest forecast and check back here for updates.