Another chilly & sunny day lined up for Wednesday – Nick

Watching a warming trend for Christmas & rain chances down the road

Good late Tuesday evening, everyone. Another quiet day doesn’t usually say much in terms of weather around here. Given how we went from two cloudy and cold days this past Saturday and Sunday to mostly sunny skies yesterday and today, it still feels pretty refreshing. On top of that, the sunshine helped us out with temperatures once again today. Like yesterday’s cold start in the upper 20s, we saw temperatures bounce back into the 50s today. We went a little warmer with 56° this afternoon at Joplin Regional and middle 50s across the rest of the area.


Let’s break down our weather setup. At the surface, we did have the cold front from the other day lift back to the northeast to allow temperatures to climb back into the 50s. However, another front is nearby once again this evening. Like the last one, though, the lack of moisture means we’re staying quiet once again as we head through the rest of the night.


Upstairs at the jet stream level, the last upper-level wave is working across the Southeastern United States. Even though an upper-level high is located south of the Baja Peninsula, that’s allowing the jet to work back on top of the area. It’s not done changing our weather up, though..


For tonight and your Wednesday morning, we’ll stay dry under mostly clear skies. Even with a light breeze switching from the north to the east by the start of the AM commute, it will be another cold start to the day with lows in the upper 20s.


With mostly sunny skies and a light southerly breeze back in action again for Wednesday, we’ll see temperatures soar back into the middle to upper 50s all across the area.


For Thursday, we’ll have mostly cloudy skies work back in across the area. Even so, we’ll stay dry and keep trending milder as highs will bounce back into the lower 60s.


Let’s get a fresh look at the Christmas Holiday with Christmas Eve on our Friday. The jet stream is to the north of the region. Even with a weak wave passing to our northeast and rain chances with it, we’ll stay mostly cloudy. Despite the mostly cloudy skies, we’re expecting highs to top out in the lower 70s across the region and at 72° for Joplin. Not only is that well above our normal highs, it’ll be really close to the record high of 73° set back in 1955. That also reminds me of the mild Christmas Days we had back in 2019 (70°) and 2015 (75°).


At least we won’t come close to matching or breaking the record high on our Christmas Day. Still, it will be quite mild with highs in the middle 60s under mostly cloudy skies. By Sunday, we’ll have another weak wave and a front drop us back into the upper 40s for highs. Plus, that will be our next chance for any scattered showers to move our way.


Monday will stay on the chilly side with highs in the middle 50s under mostly cloudy skies once again. By Tuesday, we’ll work back into the middle 60s with another wave set to bring scattered showers back into the equation.


Sticking with Doug’s pattern, we will turn chilly for the rest of next week while we keep an eye on some more waves heading our way. He has the updated long range forecast out through January 22nd down below.

Have a good night and a great Wednesday!


December 29th-Jan. 1st:  Chilly for the rest of the week. Rain or snow chances Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Jan. 2nd-8th:  Cold start to the week before we turn chilly. Snow chances possible Wednesday the 5th.

Jan. 9th-15th: Mild start with rain or snow chances Monday and Tuesday. Turning much colder for the rest of the week.

Jan. 16th-22nd: Mainly chilly for this week. Slight rain chances on Monday and Friday.