Latest updated blog – Pretty nice Wednesday lined up – Nick

Turning cooler once we get closer to the weekend

Good Tuesday evening, everyone. Today was another nice day with mostly sunny skies in control and a southwest wind to bring temperatures back above normal for a mid-January day. After we finally saw highs climb back into the lower 40s yesterday, we saw temperatures push back to 50 degrees at Joplin Regional after our cold start in the upper 20s and lower 30s.


Looking at our weather setup, it becomes clear to see why we stayed so quiet today. With the weekend storm system well into the Atlantic and our next front on the way from the Pacific Northwest, we have quiet skies with high pressure to our south keeping the southwest wind in place.


Upstairs at the jet stream level, we still notice a cut-off low working over eastern Texas. Since that’s not doing anything for us, we’ll enjoy temperatures staying above normal as our jet stream did lift back to the northeast. In the meantime, we’ll be watching for the next upper-level low to change our weather up by Thursday and Friday once it comes out of the Gulf of Alaska.


For our Wednesday, we’ll just get another quiet day lined up. Even with a southwest breeze at 10-20 mph, it will still be a cold night under mostly clear skies. We’ll have overnight lows this time around, though, drop back into the upper 20s to near 30 degrees to start your Wednesday morning out.


With mostly sunny skies on tap for us once again for Wednesday and a southwest wind staying in place at 10-20 mph, we’ll have temperatures pushing close to mild territory for the afternoon. We’ll plan on highs across the area topping out in the upper 50s.


The warm-up we enjoyed to start the week out will come to an end, though, once our next storm system starts working in for Thursday. The upper-level low coming out of the Gulf of Alaska will send a cold front our way for Thursday morning. While this doesn’t have a lot of moisture to work with, we’ll have a chance for a few rain and snow showers during the morning. Otherwise, this front will bring mostly cloudy skies back in and send highs back into the upper 40s for Thursday afternoon.


Heading into the weekend, the upper low starts to dig across the Great Lakes. While that keeps much of the moisture off to our east with better snow chances out that way, we won’t rule out a few snow showers for our area as highs drop back into the upper 30s as the weekend gets started.


While partly sunny skies will bring highs back near 40 on Saturday, another wave will clip us on Sunday. This wave won’t have a lot of moisture to work with as well. Odds favor this wave keeping us mostly cloudy and cool with highs in the lower 40s for Sunday.


On that wave’s heels, another quick system clips us for Monday and Tuesday. Like Sunday’s wave, this wave won’t have much in the way of moisture to work with. We’ll just keep mostly cloudy and cool with highs in the 40s for Monday and Tuesday. Looking down the road, the next stronger wave on the way won’t come until next Thursday. It’s looking mainly like a cool Thursday, but this system wants to bring in some rain and snow chances our way by then.


Once we get past next Thursday, we’ll get a quiet and mild weekend to enjoy before we watch for a bigger storm system by the 26th, 27th and 28th.


Doug also has you covered with the long range forecast through the middle of February down below.

Have a good night and a great Wednesday!


Next Wednesday-Saturday:  We’ll stay cool and quiet for Wednesday before rain chances sneak back in on Thursday. The weekend starts on a dry note with a cool Friday and a mild Saturday.

January 24th-30th:  A bit more active this week. We’re mild for Sunday and Monday. Our next system will start out as slight rain chances on Monday before cooler temperatures bring a rain/snow mix in for Tuesday and Wednesday. After a cold Thursday with snow chances, we’ll dry out to start the weekend and turn cool again by Saturday.

January 31st-February 6th:  A cool start to the week with slight rain and snow chances on Sunday. The rest of the week looks dry. We’ll turn cold for Monday, cool for Tuesday and more mild for the rest of the week.

February 7th-13th:  The week starts mild with slight rain chances on Sunday and a bump up in the rain chances on Monday. We’ll stay cool for Tuesday and Wednesday with rain and snow chances on Wednesday. After a cold and quiet Thursday, another system works in with slight rain chances for Thursday. Otherwise, we’ll stay cool for Friday and turn mild again for Saturday.

February 14th-20th:  We’ll start off cool for Sunday with another storm system bringing in rain chances. Colder temperatures for Monday through Wednesday. The colder temperatures keep rain and snow chances around for Monday and Tuesday before we taper things down to slight snow chances on Wednesday.  We’ll turn cool for Thursday before we turn mild for the upcoming weekend.