Today’s rain is expected to persist through the morning hours; finally shifting northeast out of eastern Kansas and Missouri this afternoon and evening. However, a cold, breezy wind will sweep in behind the exiting rain; pushing temperatures below freezing tonight, and for the New Year. This might result in a bit of freezing drizzle and/or flurries this evening as what is left of the precipitation exits, but will also most likely result in slick surfaces tonight as any wet roads or surfaces freeze overnight. Tuesday will be the coldest day of the week, with conditions starting to moderate as we move into the weekend. Otherwise, we will be watching a storm system Thursday moving across the Plains States, but currently it looks to pass through southern Missouri, thus not providing much of a chance for precipitation across northern half of Missouri. Here’s the 7-day forecast from the National Weather Service:
Today: Rain likely before 3 p.m., then a chance of sprinkles between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., then a chance of flurries after 5 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 40. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tonight: A slight chance of freezing drizzle before midnight, then a chance of flurries between midnight and 3 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 13. Wind chill values between -1 and 9. North northwest wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
New Year’s Day: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19. Wind chill values between -3 and 7. North northwest wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 11. North wind 3 to 8 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 29. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest around 6 mph in the morning.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 17.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 38.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 23.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 47.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 50.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 47.