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The difference between cold fronts and back door cold fronts

Mid-Missouri has seen continuous warming trend this past week as winds race out of the southwest. This past morning those winds have changed due to a cold front passing from the west back to the east. This has cooled temperatures slightly across the region.

Friday and Saturday will see above average temperatures continue, but conditions remain even cooler than what we saw earlier today. This is due to the passing of a back door cold front.

Typical cold fronts move from the west to the east. When paired with moisture, they can lead to snow, rain, sleet, and other forms of precipitation.

Back door cold fronts differ from typical cold fronts due to their direction of travel. These fronts typically from the north to the south or from the northeast to the southwest. Due to this movement track, they usually only carry increased cloud cover to a light drizzle. These fronts primarily look to cool regions with their passage.

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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms.

Chance joined the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February 2021. He is currently the weekday noon meteorologist.


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