The warm temperatures of the last day and a half are being abruptly interrupted today.
The National Weather Service says a cold front pushing through in the next few hours will drop temperatures significantly. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Bowman says it will also bring precipitation falling as rain generally south of Interstate 70 but farther north, it could fall as accumulating snow.
“Kind of centered around the Kirksville area,” is where Bowman says the snow will fall. “Right now we have about two to four inches of snow forecast.”
Thunderstorms could develop along the front today, but the Weather Service does not anticipate them to become severe. The lowest chance for precipitation in the state today is in southeast Missouri.
Bowman says the front will also usher in windier conditions.
“Look for winds across western Missouri probably in the 40 to 50 miles-per-hour range this evening through early tonight.”
Behind the front, Bowman says high temperatures will be 30 to 35 degrees cooler tomorrow than today.
“Fortunately we’re in climatological spring. The sun angle’s getting higher so these systems don’t stick around for very long,” Bowman says. “Wednesday looks to be well below normal with temperatures in the 30s to 40s, but then for Thursday it looks like we warm right back up into the 50s and 60s.”
A chance of rain mixed with snow is also in the forecast for the weekend.