Tracking near-misses with winter in the coming days
TODAY: Freezing drizzle overnight left some with slick roadways, not to mention a sheet of ice likely on cars, sidewalks, and patios this morning, so use caution walking outside. Roadways should improve with treatment as precipitation in mid-MO has already switched to a frozen type of precip (either snow, sleet, or both) as of around 3-4 am. Even this precipitation will be moving out of mid-Missouri by sunrise, and we do not expect it's return. With arctic high pressure inching in, we'll see our weather trend dry and COLD. Temperatures in the teens this morning, will climb just into the low 20s this afternoon. It won't take much wind to drop wind chills into an uncomfortably cold territory. Winds are sustained around 10 mph, which should yield single digit wind chills this morning, and near teens this afternoon.
TONIGHT: As the core of the high pressure moves in tonight, winds will relax, but cold air remains. With colder air, and lighter winds, the feels like temperatures shouldn't change much from early Monday to Early Tuesday.
EXTENDED: As cold as it's making us, the arctic high will be helping our situation quite a bit, as it helps keep moisture at bay to the south. Freezing rain is likely through northern Arkansas, and far southern Missouri with tonight's system, but we should avoid any impacts. Tuesday night, another round passes by to our south missing us as well. Essentially, we stay dry and cold at least through the near-term, with Partly Cloudy skies and a high of mid-20s on Tuesday as well. We'll start to lose the influence of arctic high pressure on Wednesday, as we watch warmer air move in and climb us back above freezing. This trend continues on Thursday where we should read 40+ on the thermometer. Clouds will be a constant feature of the forecast thanks to systems passing by to our south, at least until the end of the work week, where Friday may bring us a bit more sunshine. After a brief cool down on Friday, into the 30s, temperatures are once again set to climb this weekend.