Low to mid 70sVery windy and dry. Wind Advisory & Red Flag Warning until 7:00 P.M.TONIGHTMid 50sMostly cloudy, windy.WEDNES
Upper 60sWindy and cloudy.12-hour forecast
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EXTREMELY GUSTY WINDS
Winds gusted over 40 and even over 50 miles per hour at times in the western Ozarks this morning. To compare, severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when winds reach 58 mph. Make sure all outdoors objects are secured this afternoon.
Our Wind Advisory along with the Red Flag Warning will remain in effect for the entire region through 7:00 P.M. due to the very strong winds and very dry conditions. Strong south winds could occasionally gust to 45 or 50 miles per hour this afternoon. Temperatures are very warm in response to the south winds. Highs will reach at least the low 70s with some spots even warmer.
An upper level low is going to sit and spin to our southwest for the next several days as moisture returns to the area. It will remain warm and windy tonight and tomorrow ahead of a cold front that will move into the Ozarks on Thursday. Rain chances will commence tomorrow night and thunderstorms with heavy rain are likely through the day Thursday near the front.
COOLER, MORE STORMS
The cold front will drop south of the area so temperatures are going to be a bit cooler for the end of the week. Long range computer models differ on when the upper level low will move over the area. Right now I am thinking that will happen late in the weekend which would give us another good chance for thunderstorms on Sunday.