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Tracking a cold front that brings a cool and breezy end to the week

TODAY: Thursday brings another cold front to mid-Missouri, this time with a little more impact. We'll start mostly sunny, and likely climb into the upper 70s, to near 80, before a cold front arrives this evening. Between 6-8 p.m. for folks north of I-70, and 8-10 p.m. for those south, we'll likely feel an increase in north wind, gusting 20-25 mph, and we may even get a light shower or rumble of thunder along the front. This is a recent development in the forecast, but with similarly modest instability yesterday for a brief period, we did detect a few strikes of lighting from a shower (or storm) near Macon Wednesday evening. Given that, we'll say it's possible this evening along the front. Recent guidance suggests the best chance of any rainfall will be along the front north of I-70 in that 6-8 p.m. window. The chance for rain at all is still slim, and accumulation will be minor.

TONIGHT: Clouds will follow behind the front, and winds will slowly relax overnight. We'll start Friday with Partly Cloudy skies, in the 40's, with a north wind of about 5-10 mph.

EXTENDED: Friday is cool. Expect partly cloudy skies with a high near 60. Friday night into Saturday, the cool air continues to settle into mid-MO, dropping Saturday's low to the mid-30s. This will bring the potential for some widespread frost. Saturday afternoon remains cool, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. A slow warm up returns as the cool high pressure pushes east. We'll pick up winds and temperatures into next week. Sunday brings low 70s, with upper 70s in the forecast Monday through Wednesday. Rain chances will grow as this brings more moisture into the region ahead of a cold front that is currently eyeing Wednesday.

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