A powerful area of low pressure has been dumping snow on parts of the upper Midwest and Plains states Wednesday evening, and bringing warm, breezy conditions to Mid-Missouri.
A cold front approaches the area Thursday, increasing winds even more and bringing colder air in for Friday and the weekend.
A few isolated showers or thunderstorms could pop up east of Highway 54 Thursday afternoon, but precipitation chances are slim for our area with the main band of rain and snow well to our north.
Gusty winds will be the main issue on Thursday, and a Wind Advisory will go into effect at 10:00 AM. Gusts could reach between 40-45 mph by late afternoon. Secure any loose furniture or items on your porch or deck, and be aware of falling branches and isolated power outages.
Temperatures fall from the low 70s in the afternoon to upper 30s overnight into Friday morning. Friday will be much brighter with temperatures only reaching the low to mid-50s.
The weekend starts out dry, but our next low pressure system tracks to our south Saturday evening, pushing showers north overnight into Sunday. 1/2″ to 1″ of rain is possible, and some areas across northwest Missouri could see a few wet snow showers mixing in for a limited time period when temperatures are near freezing in the morning.
Temperatures rebound and we start the new work week with more sunshine by next Monday.