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Tracking lingering clouds, and Wednesday’s rain

TODAY: Behind Monday's cold front, Tuesday is cooler, but still warmer than normal. Some clouds to our north early this morning will try to move in through the early to mid-morning hours. This is a low blanket of cloud cover that will act as an insulator and keep folks north of I-70 a bit cooler than those to the south. We'll include places along I-70 like Marshall, Boonville, Columbia, and Montgomery City in this. Expect high 40s for highs here and northward, with 50s to the south. This is largely dependent on clouds, if we don't see clouds hang on long, then we'll bump temperatures up by a few degrees. Either way, clouds won't linger all day, we're looking at mostly sunny conditions by the afternoon. It doesn't last long as high clouds begin moving in from the south by the evening.

TONIGHT: Clouds fill in overnight, and showers return after midnight. Temperatures cool into the low 40s and upper 30s.

EXTENDED: Rain is the focus of Wednesday, as an approaching system of low pressure brings showers to mid-MO by the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday. Rain comes in the form of off and on showers through the morning, and well into the afternoon, where a cold front will eventually push rain out. Some thunder is possible, but storms of any significance are unlikely. This will be a better rain event than what we saw on Monday. We could see widespread totals in the quarter to half inch range, with some local amounts approaching one inch of rainfall. Coverage will be widespread with everyone measuring rainfall. It's a cold rain, with highs in the 40s, but we will likely avoid any snow chance. Any potential for flakes would come Thursday morning, as the wrap-around portion of the low pulls back through the area. Temperatures on Thursday morning will support some snow flakes with temperatures in the 30s before climbing to a very seasonable 40 by the afternoon. This may bring a light shower or snow flurry, but accumulation is not expected. More sunshine returns Friday, with still seasonable low 40s in the forecast through the first half of the weekend. Saturday and Sunday are a bit of a question mark at this point. We are tracking a potential system for the weekend, but placement and timing are both still big question marks. Current probabilities of precipitation are low for the weekend, but keep an eye to the forecast as that may change.

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